Monday, December 19, 2011

Calvin (of "Calvin & Hobbes") on how we should interpret trends

Via Brad DeLong. (For a scientific follow-up, see here.) —Jeff Weintraub
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Calvin:

Since September it’s just gotten colder and colder. There’s less daylight now, I’ve noticed too. This can only mean one thing – the sun is going out. In a few more months the Earth will be a dark and lifeless ball of ice.

Dad says the sun isn't going out. He says its colder because the earth’s orbit is taking us farther from the sun. He says winter will be here soon.

Isn’t it sad how some people’s grip on their lives is so precarious that they’ll embrace any preposterous delusion rather than face an occasional bleak truth?

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