Os rumores sobre o meu desaparecimento foram exagerados....

Estou de volta. Eu subestimei o tempo e energia necessários para fazer a vida voltar a funcionar no Brasil. De agora em diante, tentarei postar diariamente.
Vamos começar a semana com um post "pra cima". O gênio Scott "Dilbert" Addams escreveu sobre os economistas:
"I studied economics in college. One thing I’ve noticed is that other people who have studied economics tend to think a similar way. Some of the similarity is probably because it takes a certain kind of person to be interested in economics in the first place. But I’m convinced that the study of economics changes brains in a way I can identify after about five minutes of conversation. In particular, I think the study of economics makes you relatively immune to cognitive dissonance.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance

The primary skill of an economist is identifying all of the explanations for various phenomena. Cognitive dissonance is, at its core, the inability to recognize and accept other explanations. I’m oversimplifying, but you get the point. The more your brain is trained for economics, the less it is susceptible to cognitive dissonance, or so it seems.

The joke about economists is that they are always using the phrase “On the other hand.” Economists are trained to recognize all sides of an argument. That seems like an easy and obvious skill, but in my experience, the general population lacks that skill. Once people take a side, they interpret any argument on the other side as absurd. In other words, they are relatively susceptible to cognitive dissonance."

3 comentários:

Anônimo disse...

Encanta-me saber que LeoMon volta a freqüentar as estrelas que regem os trânsitos do pessoal do Hemisfério Sul. Muito bem vindo! Que tudo volte a ser como antes nesta terra em que, com pequenas mudanças, tudo vai dar certo.
duilio

Leonardo Monasterio disse...

Meu querido Mestre Duilio!

Otimo te-lo por aqui!
Saudades das nossas caminhadas ateh a LSE!
Abracao,
Leo.

Hermenauta disse...

Leo,

Tem uns dois caminhões de auto-indulgência nessa avaliação do Scott Adams, né? Basta ver os arranca-rabos entre economistas na blogoseira (para não falar na vida acadêmica).

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