20 December 2007

commitment device

some time in the next week, i'm going to write something interesting involving jonah goldberg, michael spagat, george w. bush, and the useful persistence of fake "scientific" debates.

but now i have to go explain to my committee that i'm not comfortable being "very explicit...about the variation to be explained," because i haven't estimated the descriptives yet and nobody's studied this before.

life is hard when your discipline wants a causal argument, hell or high water, whether the empirics are trustable or not. maybe i'll pretend to Just Know what the range of variation is and see if they catch me.