Richard Tol is engaged in staking himself on a hill so that the animals may take a nibble. Several are so engaged including the Weasel and ATTP. In passing Dickie reveals why he, Steve McI, Carrick, Lucia, Brandon and several others near and dear to Eli are simultaneously risible and impossible
Richard Tol (@RichardTol) May 12, 2014 at 5:56 am@DanaGiven that all economic work is incorrect, Tol boxes himself in. The confusion between incorrect and imperfect is the tool of those seeking to confuse. Box’s extended rule is that the results of imperfect methods can be useful. Given that all methods describing the real world are imperfect, this is useful.
Results derived from incorrect methods are, by definition, incorrect.
Much of the attack on Mike Mann, John Cook, the IPCC, Al Gore and others to be named later uses the confusion between imperfect and incorrect. Bunnies may strive for perfection, but outside of formal logic, perfection is never to be reached, and even there, some things can never be proven.
Of curse, the Tols, McIntyres, Carricks, Brandons and Lucias of the world, amongst others, would never believe this except for their themselves, and thus waste everyone elses time and patience.