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At 06:49 PM 12/14/00 -0800, you wrote:
>about evolution is that there is a fairly stable
>"environment" and some entities changing (or not) in
>it, and maybe from time too time a disruptive change
>in the enviroment (which is evolving at low rate as
Allusions to a (possible prerequisite) 'fairly stable environment' seem
problematic when discussing evolutionary dynamics. I'd rather allude to a
slowly evolving 'agents' or 'networks' in a chaotic
environment. Everything is changing except the speed of light.
> > Welfare, that's easy to agree upon in general, hard
> > to agree upon in
> > detail.
>Sure, just pick one - lot's of discussion necessity +
>lot's of papers ;-))) <snip>
>We economists usually don't make these decisions
>-that's up to politicians/voters ;-)
A decision to rely on politicians/voters is still a decision. :-)
I probably should apologize. Bringing up egalitarianism is essentially a
request for a conversation on 'welfare' and here I am joking around as if
I'm above the semantic quagmire.
It seems very difficult to scientifically define (parameterize?) welfare,
but there is no question that advocating welfare policies motivates
voters. Egalitarianism is a fairly safe way to appeal to a majority of
voters. Ecological stability has a broad appeal, though the details prove
difficult for voters.
One might say that economists won't take econophysics seriously until
voters take econophysics seriously. Classical physicists didn't take
quantum mechanics seriously until the atomic bomb caught the voter's attention.
BTW, what is Stauffer's relexitivity?
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