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Thursday linkage


Sam Roggeveen


5 August 2010 11:38

  • Economics blog Marginal Revolution often features 'Sentences to ponder'. The latest one is a doozy: 'A report from Harvard's Kennedy Center last year found that the world could cut global CO2 emissions by about 6 percent simply by scrapping price supports for fossil energy.'
  • 'On balance, you would have to say that the West seems to be applying the main lessons of WWI when it comes to China and India.'
  • The NY Times rounds up reaction to TIME Magazine's striking and disturbing cover image, which we featured on Monday. The girl depicted in the photo is now in the US for reconstructive surgery.
  • Mark Thirlwell linked yesterday to an Edward Luce article on the crisis of America's middle class. Mark also recommends this riposte to Luce's piece.
  • China flexes its muscles in the South China Sea. (Thanks to Malcolm for the link.)
  • A new book by a senior NATO official reveals that it was America's early success in Iraq which convinced doubting European governments to back US efforts in Afghanistan.
  • Jim Manzi on the limits of social science research:

...we have no reliable way to measure counterfactuals—that is, to know what would have happened had we not executed some policy—because so many other factors influence the outcome. This seemingly narrow problem is central to our continuing inability to transform social sciences into actual sciences. Unlike physics or biology, the social sciences have not demonstrated the capacity to produce a substantial body of useful, nonobvious, and reliable predictive rules about what they study—that is, human social behavior, including the impact of proposed government programs.