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  dismal - Search Results - MSN Encarta
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The dismal science is a derogatory alternative name for economics devised by the Victorian historian Thomas Carlyle.
This is an introduction for dismal (Dis' Mode Ain't Lotus), a major mode in GNU-Emacs that implements a spreadsheet (!).
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  Dismal Science - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The dismal science is another, often derogatory, name for economics devised by the Victorian historian Thomas Carlyle.
It is often stated that Carlyle gave economics the nickname 'dismal science' as a response to the writings of Thomas Robert Malthus, who grimly predicted that starvation would result as projected population growth exceeded the rate of increase in the food supply.
However the full phrase "dismal science" first occurs in Carlyle's 1849 tract entitled Occasional Discourse on the Negro Question, in which he was arguing for the reintroduction of slavery as a means to regulate the labor market in the West Indies:
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 Dismal Science - ArticleWorld
The phrase dismal science was coined in 1849 by Thomas Carlyle, popularly thought to be in response to the doomsday predictions of Thomas Robert Malthus.
Carlyle disagreed that these decisions were rational, and called economics a dismal science because of the assumptions it made about the equality of people.
The dismal science was directed by the 'sacred cause of Black Emancipation', and if paid heed to, it would result in English people '[giving] birth to progenies and prodigies; dark extensive moon-calves, unnameable abortions, wide-coiled monstrosities, such as the world has not seen hitherto'.
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 Dismal Science - Avoo - Ask Us A Question -
The dismal science is another, often derogatory, name for economics devised by the Victorian historian Thomas Carlyle.
It is often stated that Carlyle gave economics the nickname 'dismal science' as a response to the writings of Thomas Robert Malthus, who grimly predicted that starvation would result as projected population growth exceeded the rate of increase in the food supply.
However the full phrase "dismal science" first occurs in Carlyle's 1849 tract entitled Occasional Discourse on the Negro Question, in which he was arguing for the reintroduction of slavery as a means to regulate the labor market in the West Indies:
www.avoo.com /wiki/Dismal_Science   (570 words)

  
 FAITH AND THE DISMAL SCIENCE - OD Board
Science is a slippery term because in English we use it primarily to mean a hard science like physics and chemistry or microbiology.
Of course any disciplined body of knowledge is also a science, as theology and literary criticism are sciences, but these looser sciences do not presume to dictate absolute rules on the order of 2+2=4.
In championing the social sciences over the magisterium, Woods is adopting an old, though discredited line of thought going back to the Averroists, namely, that revelation and philosophy are independent of each other.
www.originaldissent.com /forums/showthread.php?t=14307   (1510 words)

  
 On the Dismal Science (Evolving Type - Teddy Wong)
Indeed, the notion that the origin of the term "dismal science" lies in Carlyle's reaction to Malthus is so widespread that it has become part of the folklore of our discipline.
Although he does not use the word "dismal" or the phrase "dismal science", Carlyle writes that: "Nowhere, in that quarter of his intellectual world, is there light; nothing but a grim shadow of hunger" (p 181).
He also uses the term "dismal science" in a derogatory way a number of times later in the work, where it is lumped together with other unwelcome (to Carlyle) features of the political scene as "ballot boxes", "universal suffrage" and "Exeter-Hall Philanthropy".
www.evolvingtype.com /teddy/archives/000395.html   (1424 words)

  
 Cosmic Log: Feb. 4-10, 2006 - Cosmic Log - MSNBC.com
Dismal science at the Olympics: Economics is called the "dismal science," I suppose, because it tends to look at cold, heartless numbers rather than the beauty of fresh snow, a perfect dismount or a triple lutz.
There's another justification for the "dismal science" tag: During the 2004 Olympics, at least, many of the economists' predictions underestimated the U.S. tally, while the sportswriters were closer to the actual return of 103 medals for Team USA.
Science is science, not to be mixed up with religious points of views.
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 Thomas Carlyle attacking the 'political economists'
Generations of students and the reading public have been taught that it was Thomas Carlyle who gave economics (political economy as it was then known) the name "the dismal science" and that he did so as a reaction to the pessimistic predictions of Malthus in relation to population growth and its consequences.
I shall demonstrate that, although it is true that Carlyle was the person who first described economics as the dismal science, he did not do so in response to the writings of Malthus (or Ricardo).
Many writers, including authors of textbooks in the history of economic thought, have claimed that the origin of the term "dismal science" is to be found in Carlyle's reaction to Malthus.
www.economics.unimelb.edu.au /TLdevelopment/econochat/Dixonecon00.html   (1450 words)

  
 American Scientist Online - Dismal Science
Mirowski's criticisms of economic models of science are likewise unpersuasive and in many cases amount to disapproval of the metaphor of a marketplace of ideas.
An underlying theme in his attacks is that economic models for understanding science are being used to justify claims that science has a special place as a producer of truth.
This is particularly pronounced in his extended discussion of philosopher of science Philip Kitcher, who has been in the forefront of work to reconcile the progressive nature of the scientific enterprise with realistic modeling of the behavior of scientists.
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 The Big Picture | Dismal Science ?
And their "dismal" offence was to advocate the abolition of slavery.
Dismal, as in frustrating in their attempts to be more of a Science, and less of an Art.
Economics may be "the dismal science," but as science goes, it's as soft and ideological a science as any of the other social sciences, despite using lots and lots of numbers.
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 John Quiggin » Blog Archive » The dismal science of freedom
And while I was aware that Carlyle was (correctly) viewed by Fascists as a precursor of their ideas, and that his works were among Hitler’s favorite reading, I hadn’t derived the obvious corollary that his reputation would be revived and his work celebrated by postmodernists in the late 20th century.
Just for the record, the original title of the essay in which “dismal science” was first used was “the NEGRO question”, presumably because Fraser’s Magazine was unwilling to use Carlyle’s preferred alternative.
Despite its historical incorrectness, the persistence of the “dismal science” tag is largely due to the fact that Malthusian economics was indeed dismal.
johnquiggin.com /index.php/archives/2006/07/30/the-dismal-science-of-freedom   (4306 words)

  
 "DISMAL MONETARY SCIENCE" - THE GOLD STANDARD MANIFESTO
Governments and academia have utterly failed in discharging their sacred duty to provide a serene environment for the search for and dissemination of truth regarding economics in general and monetary science in particular.
Support for the examination of the question whether the issuance of promises to pay which the issuer has neither the intention nor the means to honor can have any justification, is not available.
It was this corruption of financing research that has disabled the immune system of society, that has made economics and monetary science open to the invasion of quackery and chicanery, ensuring that the success of the final assault on sound money would be a foregone conclusion.
www.freemarketnews.com /Analysis/25/3390/2006-01-09.asp?wid=25&nid=3390   (2153 words)

  
 HES: QUERY -- Dismal Science   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
The key is that classical economists were "dismal" (=fl) because they supported fl emancipation, which Carlyle opposed.
-- RBE] "Dismal science" was used by Carlyle in a Dec 1849 article in *Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country* called "Occasional Discourse on the Negro Question." It was answered in the next issue (Jan 50) by J S Mill.
Stephan Darwall in conversation has parsed the "dismal science" as the "fl science." Reading Carlyle will convince you that this is a brilliant parsing.
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 Hairline Fractures: Exploring The Dismal Science
Looking at what the dismal science is and why it carries such a depressing name, however, may help you better understand why you may face uncertainty and contradictions in your investing endeavors.
The phrase "dismal science" was coined by Thomas Carlyle in response to Thomas Malthus' beliefs that the exponential population growth would outpace the linear growth of the world's food supply, resulting in a global famine.
Next time you see someone dropping the phrase "dismal science" you can check if he or she uses it correctly; furthermore, you know that the person using the term could not possibly predict or explain market events with any smug confidence.
www.investopedia.com /articles/basics/03/071103.asp   (1281 words)

  
 Asia Times Online :: Asian news and current affairs
I urge you to ask your favorite professor of the dismal monetary science to identify the act, and provide the date of its passing, which authorizes the franchise tax.
Worse still, advocates of the dismal monetary science also think that it is pragmatic not to press for a constitutional amendment.
One of the more imbecile ideas of dismal monetary science is that devaluation of the currency helps the country to export more and import less, thus rectifying the trade imbalance.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Global_Economy/GD14Dj03.html   (2603 words)

  
 David M. Levy: How the Dismal Science Got Its Name, University of Michigan Press
It is widely asserted that the Victorian sages attacked classical economics from a humanistic or egalitarian perspective, calling it "the dismal science," and that this attack is relevant to modern discussions of market society.
A close look reveals that the victim is reading "The Dismal Science." Levy discusses this image at length and also includes in his text weblinks to Carlyle's "Occasional Discourse on the Negro Question" and Mill's response, demonstrating that these are central documents in British classical economics.
How the Dismal Science Got Its Name also introduces the notion of "rational choice scholarship" to explain how attacks on market economics from a context in which racial slavery was idealized have been interpreted as attacks on market economics from a humanistic or egalitarian context.
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 The Accidental Theorist: And Other Dispatches from the Dismal Science (Penguin Business Library) Book at Shop Ireland
There are a lot of writers and politicians that misuse or not use economics scientific principles when they express their points of view or proposals.
Economics is a science without popularizers -writers that in plain and enjoyable language use correct concepts to explain current issues.
He also has the "purpose of demonstrating what it means to think, really think, about economics." Economics science, according to Krugman, is based on the "proposition that people will usually take advantage of opportunities, plus the observation that my opportunities often depend on your actions and vice versa".
www.shopireland.ie /books/reviews/0140286861/2   (1119 words)

  
 Dismal Science
It was the discipline's assumption that people are basically all the same and thus entitled to liberty that led Carlyle to label the study of economics "the dismal science".
The connection was so well known throughout the 19th century, that even cartoonists would refer to it knowing that their audience would understand the reference.
Hairline Fractures: Exploring The Dismal Science - Learning about the study of economics can help you understand why you face contradictions in the market.
bay-street.investopedia.com /terms/d/dismalscience.asp   (215 words)

  
 The dismal science
Economics has been called "the dismal science", in part because its practitioners have never been hesitant to make gloomy predictions about our future.
Another explanation for the "dismal" epithet is perhaps that economists have traditionally had a dismal track record when attempting to explain observed reality, other than through hindsight.
Economists still, by and large, refuse to conduct any serious analysis of ecological "externalities" in most of their work, in part because this would require consultations with other experts whose advice they have traditionally ignored.
www.geoff-hart.com /resources/pre-1995/dismal.htm   (1199 words)

  
 Foreign Policy: Economist Class
Practitioners of the ‘dismal science’ should stop sneering at their academic cousins in the social sciences—and start learning from them.
A science that relies on luck to explain the fate of billions of people is a dismal science indeed.
True, other social sciences aren’t in much better shape, but economists would still be well advised to trade in their intellectual haughtiness for a more humble disposition.
www.foreignpolicy.com /story/cms.php?story_id=3389   (838 words)

  
 Economics The Dismal Science
Over the years Economics has also managed to adopt the label of “the Dismal Science” with plenty of theorists proudly claiming they do have the solution and answer to all our problems.
Economics began as soon as hunter men began to exchange their captured prey with other caveman, but generally the science of Economics did not begin to be formalised until fairly late.
However proving economics is a fluid science Keynesian economics has recently fallen out of favour with a recent resurgence of support for neo classical ideologies with governments once again praising the ideals of the free market.
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 The Dismal Science Project
It is widely accepted that the boundary of economic science was narrowed throughout the nineteenth century (Winch 1972).
As the cofoundation of the “science” of eugenics, Galton’s assent to a hierarchical view of the human is well-known.
It is perhaps because Dismal had to deal with narration on a serious level that I was asked by Chris Shea in the interview for the Chronicle review “When did you leave economics?”; any systematic study of these series of exchanges must attempt to bring model and narration into some common ground.
www.edwardmcphail.com /dismal_science/ruskin_index.html   (5150 words)

  
 Article by JD
This past few days I’ve been pondering economics, which Thomas Carlyle famously described as “the dismal science.” My pondering has been assisted by friends, readers, and colleagues, who have been trying to educate me in economic principles.
Wilson was no matchstick-shuffler, but an intellectual superstar of the dismal science.
My own ignorance of the dismal science is in any case as nothing compared to the ignorance of others.
olimu.com /WebJournalism/Texts/Commentary/DismalScience.htm   (1466 words)

  
 Daimnation!: The dismal science can shed little light
Many are convinced that their methods are more rigorous than those of all other social sciences...
A science that relies on luck to explain the fate of billions of people is a dismal science indeed.
True, other social sciences aren’t in much better shape, but economists would still be well advised to trade in their intellectual haughtiness for a more humble disposition...
www.damianpenny.com /archived/006220.html   (349 words)

  
 Review of Dismal Science & E-Links
WASHINGTON DESK - The Dismal Scientist is a great economics reference page for those who want a quick explanation of the state of the nation's economic well being or a refresher course in market dynamics.
The Dismal Scientist is a registered servicemark and Dismal Sciences is a servicemark of Dismal Sciences.
All in all, the Dismal Scientist is one of most useful indeces to come around in a long time.
www.dailyrepublican.com /dismal-terms-script.html   (419 words)

  
 Reasons to be happy about the dismal science - Opinion - smh.com.au
Economics is dismal because it grapples with the problem of scarcity, which arises because, though our wants are infinite, the resources available to satisfy those wants are finite.
A fifth dismal message from the dismal scientists is that every upside has its downside.
The corollary of this upside/downside story is another dismal message: it's easily possible to have too much of a good thing.
www.smh.com.au /news/opinion/reasons-to-be-happy-about-the-dismal-science/2006/09/12/1157826940159.html?page=fullpage   (1063 words)

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