Dyson Exegesis

Freeman Dyson starts an article with the words “My first heresy says that all the fuss about global warming is grossly exaggerated. Here I am opposing the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models”. Yet his article is hardly about climate models, or their relationship to experts or citizens, at all. [more]

Freeman Dyson’s Heresies

Freeman Dyson, FRS, in addition to being famed as Esther Dyson’s dad, is an accomplished fellow, and in my personal pantheon famous for Dyson’s Aphorism:

[NB: paraphrased from memory; an exact quote would be appreciated]

Interviewer: (something like) Do you ever find yourself wondering why you are so intelligent?

Dyson: (something like) I don’t think I’m especially intelligent. [more]

Is Economics a Science?

If the question “is climatology a real science?” is fair game, the question “is economics a real science?” cannot just be dismissed as subversive. What we really know, how valuable our conceptual models are and how reliable our computational embodiments of them are, are questions everyone offering expertise should be willing and able to answer. [more]