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July 4, 2012

1. Links on the Court case and health care.

2. Mesofacts – Facts can change.

3. “We’ve heard about beloved movies that weren’t appreciated in their time, but this is different, because It’s a Wonderful Life wasn’t rediscovered by the audience — it was saved from obscurity by TV stations too cheap to pay for their programming.

4. Williamson on NGDP targeting. Sumner responds. Cowen comments.

5. Friendship is Witchcraft

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2012 9:10 pm

    I’m confused how his mesofacts are different from the temperature or stock market closings that he tries to contrast them with? *SHOULDN’T* the population of the earth, etc change?

    • July 5, 2012 6:44 am

      Population is a bad example, because it changes every second. The brontosaurus one was probably better. Some facts that we think are permanent are not. Medicine is full of mesofacts, such as the consensus on salt, fat and alcohol have changed in the last 10 years. I don’t think there’s any normative judgement in the article, it’s just maybe, trying to raise awareness of slowly changing facts, perhaps?

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