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Dr. Pangloss, Free Trader

SAmathman Wrote: Jan 24, 2014 1:58 PM
The comment about war is not entirely accurate. Europe prior to WWI had extensive trade relations all over the world and even had rulers related to each other. Queen Victoria married a German prince. The Mountbatten family is of German origin. Several British kings were also rulers of a German state. Trade between Germany and Britain has been strong since the middle ages when the German cities of the Hanseatic league traded extensively with Britain. Britain was often allied with Prussia prior to German unification, yet the countries faced each other in war twice in the first half of the 20th century. Things can change quickly even between "friends" or "trading partners". We should consider Pat's argument in the light of empirical evidence as well as economic theory, as economic theory seems somewhat lacking in the messy chaotic real-world.
Sadly this is a typical news story that gives little information from which you can judge the study.The man said that "Children spanked by fathers at "high levels"..." (My inner quotes) have lower verbal development. He doesn't define high levels. Does that mean often or does it mean violently or both? I strongly suspect that the study fails to control for other factors: were the fathers alcoholic, absent, divorced, etc. How many such fathers were there? A dozen? In which case you have no basis for statistical inference.I can go on and on. As a mathematician, my guess is that the study is riddled with weaknesses. This may well be similar to the famous "hockey stick" study about global warming by Mann that turned out to be so flawed from a data and statistical analysis standpoint as to completely worthless. The media doesn't care about whether the study is valid only that it advances an agenda.
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