Some times I have a lot to do, and things I want to do are ‘let sit’. Sometimes for weeks or months.
In this case it was an article with an interesting title.
The article looks like it is about financial problems, so I let it sit for a while as a ‘read later’ link. I finally got to read it. It is an article with more breadth than that.
At the bottom is a link to a PJTV Video. A remarkable piece. (The lead in article has a link to another PJTV Video that is now archived and by subscription only, so that video in the article might also disappear behind a subscription paywall at some point. Do not wait long to watch it.)
So the article by Verity starts with the financial crisis, connects it to Herschel and his sunspots vs wheat prices work; and moves on to Climate Models. The “punch line” being the “best sentence ever”:
Theres a PJTV video too (Best. Sentence. Ever.) that comments on WM Briggs’ modern aphorism “The love of theory is the root of all evil”.
That being the PJTV Video behind a subscription wall.
Then has another video at the bottom, one with less lead in. “The train set”.
IMHO, it is a “must see” video that very nicely connects things to show: Why do they think as they do?
The article is short, as is the video. So hit the link, read the article, and watch the video.
Then you will understand why it is ‘the best sentence ever’.
The scope of the insight ranges over all significant human endeavors. From war to agriculture to climate science to …