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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 04:31 PM
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39. Economics is vital to understanding certain aspects of human behavior
Edited on Fri Sep-18-09 04:33 PM by Hippo_Tron
And the best way to understand this kind of behavior (at least that people have come up with) is to put everything into mathematical equations. Of course, I would argue that one is not a good economist if they are simply looking at the numbers that come out of the equations.

For example, some might look like a figure like say "10% unemployment" and think of it as just a number. I would look at such a number and think about what ramifications unemployment has not only on the people who are unemployed but for all of society. But in order to think about the magnitude of the effects, you need to have numbers like "10% unemployment".

I should add that I was wrong before when I said that "citizen" doesn't tell us anything in economic modeling. It doesn't tell us anything in these particular economic models. But it certainly could tell us something in, for example, an economic model about voter behavior.
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  -I'm not a "Consumer" I'm a Citizen! Indenturedebtor  Sep-17-09 01:46 AM   #0 
  - K&R !  Libertas1776   Sep-17-09 01:47 AM   #1 
  - "It reduces all of us to market forces and resources to be bought and sold"  armyowalgreens   Sep-17-09 01:49 AM   #2 
  - That quote is brilliant, poignant and all too true  Indenturedebtor   Sep-17-09 01:53 AM   #4 
  - You're very welcome. I first read him last year in my honors philosophy class.  armyowalgreens   Sep-17-09 01:59 AM   #6 
     - I would appreciate that. I did a brief search and turned up a lot of evangelism  Indenturedebtor   Sep-17-09 02:16 AM   #11 
        - "The Essential Tillich"...  armyowalgreens   Sep-17-09 02:47 AM   #13 
           - Cool thanks. Will read some of it when I pick the wife up from class n/t  Indenturedebtor   Sep-17-09 09:24 PM   #29 
  - Mmm like the quote... categorically reject any philosophy which pushes the religion as the answer  Indenturedebtor   Sep-17-09 01:56 AM   #5 
  - Pleased to know you fellow citizen. I'm a citizen too!  Mind_your_head   Sep-17-09 01:49 AM   #3 
  - I am not a "consumer"...  optimal-tomato   Sep-17-09 01:59 AM   #7 
  - HELL YES! +1  Indenturedebtor   Sep-17-09 02:15 AM   #10 
  - Is there any particular reason you can't be both? And many other things as well?  BlooInBloo   Sep-17-09 02:06 AM   #8 
  - Yes. Each is meant to define the purpose and worth of a person  Indenturedebtor   Sep-17-09 02:14 AM   #9 
     - (shrug) I'm many things. Must be tough for you, being only one...  BlooInBloo   Sep-17-09 02:20 AM   #12 
        - To your EDIT I completely agree  Indenturedebtor   Sep-17-09 09:31 PM   #31 
  - A brief word from Daniel Kemmis, former mayor of Missoula, Montana  eridani   Sep-17-09 05:11 AM   #14 
  - Wow great quote and very true. Thanks!  Indenturedebtor   Sep-17-09 09:36 PM   #32 
  - While not agreeing with your choice of (swear)words,  Betty Karlson   Sep-17-09 05:32 AM   #15 
  - A cog in the machine  The2ndWheel   Sep-17-09 05:55 AM   #16 
  - Consumer is a nice way of calling you trade bait. n/t  fasttense   Sep-17-09 06:26 AM   #17 
  - Huzzah! You said it!  scarletwoman   Sep-17-09 06:39 AM   #18 
  - Add to that: Employees = "Resources"  IDemo   Sep-17-09 07:20 AM   #19 
  - "Human Resources" is one of the most disgusting phrases in the English Language.  Odin2005   Sep-17-09 08:31 AM   #21 
  - I'm not a "consumer", I'm a HUMAN BEING.  Odin2005   Sep-17-09 08:28 AM   #20 
  - there should a bumper sticker saying that.  bdamomma   Sep-17-09 08:33 AM   #22 
  - As one drives to a shopping mall in the newer car they just bought.  Better Believe It   Sep-17-09 08:37 AM   #23 
  - We are called consumers for a reason...  Javaman   Sep-17-09 10:00 AM   #24 
  - Damn straight!!!!!!!!!!!!  Initech   Sep-17-09 11:40 AM   #25 
  - One of the arguments used to support the Drug War is that use harms productivity  Romulox   Sep-17-09 11:44 AM   #26 
  - *kick* for a great post! (nt)  scarletwoman   Sep-17-09 06:52 PM   #27 
  - We need to remember. n/t  Greyhound   Sep-17-09 08:14 PM   #28 
  - What is your problem?  HCE SuiGeneris   Sep-17-09 09:26 PM   #30 
  - Okay but in economic models you're a consumer, a producer, or both  Hippo_Tron   Sep-17-09 10:04 PM   #33 
  - That's the problem - economic modeling reduces us all to cogs  Indenturedebtor   Sep-18-09 01:12 AM   #37 
     - Economics is vital to understanding certain aspects of human behavior  Hippo_Tron   Sep-18-09 04:31 PM   #39 
  - Capitalism  JMMendez1989   Sep-17-09 11:04 PM   #34 
  - It's a disgusting label. nt  Flabbergasted   Sep-17-09 11:44 PM   #35 
  - Yeah it makes me feel like some giant grub  Indenturedebtor   Sep-18-09 01:16 AM   #38 
  - Thanks. You're right the word consumer is crap, citizen sounds powerful nt  flamingdem   Sep-18-09 12:43 AM   #36 
  - I like the way you think...  derby378   Sep-18-09 04:33 PM   #40 

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