A fun read by Michael Goldhaber, reviewing a book by Richard Lanham on the so-called Attention Economy. What’s better than rival academics sniping at each other? Aside from the whole attention economy concept, here’s what caught my eye:
“The economics discipline also tends to regard itself as a science, not unlike physics. Within contemporary physics, it so happens, it has become something of an open question as to whether what have been regarded as immutable laws are in fact something of a (natural) historical accident.”
Goldhaber’s training is in theoretical physics. People coming to a new discipline from a different background often have great insights to share.
Update: Fixed link and spelling. “Mmmm – maintenance.” – Homer Simpson