January 05, 2006

Two counterintuitive ideas

Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic, has written this in Edge (found via Cafe Hayek):
People have a hard time accepting free market economics for the same reason they have a hard time accepting evolution: it is counterintuitive. Life looks intelligently designed, so our natural inclination is to infer that there must be an intelligent designer — a God. Similarly, the economy looks designed, so our natural inclination is to infer that we need a designer — a Government.

2 comments:

  1. Good analogy. But, does that mean free market economies also don't need economists?

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  2. Not working for the government...

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