Well, back in my day, we had The Glorious Meept!! on Slashdot and a Clinton in the White House. And all was right in the world.
Now, run along, sonny.
And then, the Laffer curve will bite him in the ass?
They do not teach the Laffer curve in the Republican school of Voodoo Economics.
Once there's enough testing done to prove it has potential, then engineers will take it, play with it, improve it, apply it, then sometime later, physicists and other scientists will figure out precisely why it works and why what the engineers did worked.
What are some recent examples of things "engineered" before science understood how they worked? (I assume that's true of many things before the age of enlightenment.)
It seems to me that a lot of stuff these days is "the science says this should work" and then see if the engineers can make it happen. Solid state lasers and transistors come to mind.
2. There are no controls at all.
They used non-rich people as controls.
Are you sure about that? From the summary "those who considered themselves in higher classes" where the focus group. Was the control "those who considered themselves in lower classes"? If so, it says nothing about rich and poor people, but only about people's idea of their place in society. All of the groups were self-identified. A valid control would be one in which the researchers, based on empirical data, assign individuals to specific socio-economic groups.
Come on guys, was this not checked, double-checked, and tested?
The simulations all ran successfully on "Lunar Lander".
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