Government price controls as depicted in censoring pleas for help by dwight r lee

Published in this website on March 18, Original book in Spanish, this is a translation to English from the German translation.

Government price controls as depicted in censoring pleas for help by dwight r lee

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Much has changed in the area of paranormal claims and beliefs since then, but much has also remained the same. To reflect this, two new chapters have been added to the present book. Chapter 12 covers the actual science of several of the various hysterical responses that have broken out over alleged environmental health hazards such as power lines, PCBs and cell phone radiation.

The other chapters have been updated and expanded as needed. As in the book, I have heavily referenced the text so that readers who would like to read more on a particular topic will be able to find the relevant primary sources with ease. As with any book, this was not a project I completed alone.

I would like to thank numerous friends and colleagues who helped in many ways, among them by answering questions and tracking down obscure publications. Of course, any errors are mine alone. In the real world things are not clearly delineated but surrounded by gray areas that doom any hard definition.

As the term implies, a pseudoscience is a doctrine or belief system that pretends to be a science. What distinguishes pseudoscience from real science?

Radner and Radner and MacRobert have discussed criteria for separating real science from pseudoscience and for helping to decide whether a new claim is pseudoscientific.

The most common characteristic of a pseudoscience is the nonfalsifiable or irrefutable hypothesis. This is a hypothesis against which there can be no evidence—that is, no evidence can show the hypothesis to be wrong. It might at first seem that such a hypothesis must be true, but a bit of reflection and several examples will demonstrate just the opposite.

Government price controls as depicted in censoring pleas for help by dwight r lee

Consider the following hypothesis: Nonetheless, this hypothesis is clearly absurd! Creationists, who believe that the biblical story of creation is literal truth, often adopt a similar irrefutable hypothesis.

They claim that the world was created less than ten thousand years ago. As will be seen in chapter 13, vast amounts of physical evidence clearly refute this claim.

All one has to do is point to something older than ten thousand years. Backed into a corner by such evidence, creationists often rephrase the creationist hypothesis in an irrefutable form.

They explain the clear geological and fossil evidence that dates back millions of years by claiming that God put that evidence there to test our faith. An alternative version is that the evidence was manufactured by Satan to tempt us from the true path of redemption.

No evidence can refute either of these versions of the hypothesis, since any new piece of geological or fossil evidence can be dismissed as having been placed there by God or Satan. This does not make the hypothesis true—it just makes it nonfalsifiable.

Such a hypothesis contributes nothing to our understanding of the physical world. Another example of an irrefutable hypothesis comes from a doctrine not usually considered a pseudoscience but which meets the criteria, as will be seen in chapter 5 —psychoanalysis. Sigmund Freud believed that all males had latent homosexual tendencies, but that in most males these tendencies were repressed.

Clearly, homosexual males have homosexual tendencies. But what about heterosexual males? To determine whether the hypothesis that all males have repressed homosexual tendencies is false, you could give some sort of test for homosexual tendencies.

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Ask people if they favor government censorship and the response will be a nearly unanimous no! Yet if you ask the same people if they favor government price controls, the response will be much more mixed. Once market prices are recognized as a means of communication, we have another powerful way of understanding why government price controls, which I have discussed previously, are a particularly harmful form of censorship.

And the harm is greatest in the times of natural disasters because the victims are desperate to communicate their need for help. Censoring pleas for help; In the article «Censoring Pleas for Help», Dwight R.

Lee talks about government price controls. The author likens government price controls to government censorship, arguing prices are how markets communicate with one another.

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