Thursday, May 18, 2006


Innumeracy and self-deception

I have had the privilege of tutoring a number of people over the last year who claim to understand the concepts of their economics classes, but not the math. I can sometimes, with difficulty, formulate such a distinction to myself, so I do not reject the claim on its face. But so far, everyone to make it has been wrong – they’ve turned out not to understand the underlying concepts.

Their lies generate my income, and do not bother me. I’m just writing to marvel at the human capacity to deceive itself, which so regularly boggles me.

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