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Math as a tool, not otherwise.

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I am still at odds with this.

I have had mini debates about this with peers in university. My view: I see math as a tool to help economics and its explanations. I am straight forward with what I think about the use of Math in Economics when I talk to my peers. I don’t see Math as being equivalent to Economics, which some (particularly the theorists and theorists wannabe do). These are the people who can survive without data and evidence.

I understand and see the importance of the use of Math in Economics. But, I do not see it as all encompassing.

That’s where the roads diverge in the yellow road.

It actually reminds me of the philosophical science essay I had to do to defend my honours thesis way back in 2005. I had to go through levels after levels of thoughts somewhat in “philosophy science” to write that essay. It was then I realise I am quite the empiricist, not totally but very much alike. (not completely since I don’t see experience as being the only source of knowledge) But, I often derive my ideas for testing from what I read in the news/current affairs and observe around me. I don’t quite derive my ideas from reading papers of theories after theories, if I don’t see a practical or realistic application to it. For example, I can’t see how we can test a certain theory if there is no use of it in reality (it could very well just be an exposition of math through the whole theory).

Is that strange? or shallow?

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Written by Jasmine

October 5, 2010 at 04:20

Posted in About Me, PhD

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