January 31, 2018

Cryptoeconomics ― the best of Lars Syll’s spam folder

Comment on Lars Syll on ‘Truth and knowledge’


Science is about truth and knowledge. Science is binary true/false and nothing in between. Non-science is the swamp between true and false where ‘nothing is clear and everything is possible’ (Keynes). The distinction between science and non-science corresponds to the ancient Greek’s distinction between episteme (= knowledge) and doxa (= opinion).

Science is for 2300+ years defined by material and formal consistency. Logical consistency is secured by applying the axiomatic-deductive method and empirical consistency is secured by applying state-of-the-art testing.#1

The fact is that about ninety-nine percent of people are satisfied with opinion and only one percent is devoted to episteme. Economists do NOT belong to the latter group. Economics is a cargo cult science and both orthodox and heterodox economists are fake scientists.

Until this day, in their research and communication, economists in general and heterodox economists, in particular, are not guided by the principles of Science but by the principles of Circus Maximus. As a consequence, in the econblogosphere, the best stuff is hidden in the spam folders, and what is openly recycled ad nauseam is soft soap, blather, gossip, propaganda, disinformation, and proto-scientific garbage.

It is long known that economists routinely violate scientific standards and simply suppress/ ignore refutation “In economics we should strive to proceed, wherever we can, exactly according to the standards of the other, more advanced, sciences, where it is not possible, once an issue has been decided, to continue to write about it as if nothing had happened.” (Morgenstern)

It is at anybody’s guess to which extent the econblogosphere is corrupted. The problem, of course, is that spam folders are invisible to the general public. Private censorship is built into the blogging software and works without any traces.

Occasionally, there are exceptions. For those who appreciate the privilege of casting a glance into Lars Syll’s spam folder, here is a sample of posts he suppressed over the last three months.

It is a defining characteristic of the topsy-turvy world of economics ― which has, to bear in mind, produced NOTHING of scientific value in the last 200+ years ― that incompetent/ corrupt scientists and methodologists cannot stop blathering about truth and knowledge ― issues that they have not for one moment understood properly.*

Egmont Kakarot-Handtke

#1 Success is the best method

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Source: Lars P. Syll blog

For details of the big picture see Econblogosphere: The flawed Top 101


Source: Lars P. Syll blog