A friendly reminder to those who think they know the answer to everything

“Humans are suckers for finding patterns where none really exist, like seeing the shapes of lions and giraffes in the clouds.”

William Easterly’s review of Leonard Mlodinow’s The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives and Ha-Joon Chang’s Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism is very much worth reading for its own sake, as well as being a timely reminder for the limits of our ability to understand cause/effect, whether in developmental economics or other fields.

One response

  1. Jake, have you read literary criticism? It’s as rife with BS as the fiction it discusses! There’s no “right” answer. It’s all a wash. Trust me, I know what I’m doing. Yeah, OK, man…


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