Quote of the day

November 4, 2005 at 6:29 am (Quote of the day)

This week’s edition: Why academics piss me off:

Today it is not uncommon to hear–especially from empiricists–that “positivism,” in whatever form, is dead, and to raise this issue is to beat down a straw man. In fact, however, neopositivist epistemology is still very much alive in many disciplines, economics being the most important example in the social sciences. Beyond economics, positivism is most clearly recognized in sociology and political science in the abstract deductive models of rational choice theory, itself derived largely from economic theory.


One manifestation of this contradiction is that students often ask why they must first master these concepts and practices when–like most of their professors–they plan to ignore them.




  1. rock creek rambler said,

    Happy Spirit Journey Formation Anniversary!Deep within the womb of time,a creature thus be bornThe seed of life is united with the egg of tyrannyGestates forth from within the womb of lifefor three-quarter and nigh a yearThe creature thus be born!The creature thus be formed!And ye of years… 28 bells will chime!When the heavens open upand drink from the silver cupThe creature thus be born!And blow the magic horn!To alert the spirit deep within the cycle of life.The creature has begun it’s journey deep forlorn,upon this day which he be formedIn the sea of mucus the spirit rides down from the mountainand unites with the creature in the wombA holy union, dark mortality, until the dark mortality breaks the chain of lifeThe creature thus be bornAnd every year raineth down the celebratory tearsA celebration of the yearsfrom mere mortal sky

  2. jones said,

    and feliz cumpleanos.

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