Sunday, August 22, 2010

Quote of the day

Jim Manzi:
We are walking into a casino and putting $800 billion dollars down on a single bet in a game where we don’t even know the rules. In general, in the face of this kind of uncertainty, we ought to seek policy interventions that are as narrowly targeted as is consistent with addressing the problem; tested prior to implementation to whatever extent possible; hedged on multiple dimensions; and designed to be as reversible as is practicable.

What I am trying to describe here is not a policy per se, but an attitude of epistemic humility.

ht: The Ancient

BTW, I've been reading Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, which I'd only read in parts before, and I really should've read it in full before because it could've saved me a lot of time reinventing intellectual wheels

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/244568/re-stimulus-debate-jon-chait-jim-manzi

 
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