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  • In an article, Kwashiorkor explained Mises ideas about the synthetic a priori. Mises introspected to find the most basic truths of Human Action, then used logic to combine and expand them. Mises took the position that statistics could provide historical data but could not succeed in disproving a theory. We cannot measure the values we would need to measure in order to test a theory, and the complexity of society prevents observable phenomena from acting as reliable proxies. I am not sure whether Mises ever explicitly considered the issue of bias on the part of the researcher in relation to theory. I suppose he would have left it to the process of scholarly review and discussion to deal with this danger.

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  • https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ludwig_von_Mises&oldid=750642259 The Wikipedia page for Mises seems to be written from a bias perspective: someone with the right credentials or knowledge set should go change it. I’ve tried multiple times but had my submissions blocked or undone. Probably the most irksome line in the whole article is under “Contributions and Influence in Economics” where it concludes that among Mises’ students “only Israel Kirzner has achieved mainstream respectability among economists.”(02:39, 21 November 2016) It would be nice if someone could undo the bias on his Wikipedia page. Any Ideas for changes? Use this discussion to report back on what changes have been made and how smoothly your changes go.

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  • I have a vague notion about Rand’s view on epistemology, I am hoping someone will comment or start another discussion or write an article so I can see how close I am to the mark. I know she was a realist, and I think she didn’t have much patience for skeptics who wanted to speculate about brains in a vat or stuff like that. I’ve no idea what she thought of Mises’ praxeology, or statistics, or cognitive biases. She was not too concerned about optical illusions or other sensory anomalies, I think. Correct me, expand on me.

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  • The ideas that seem most certain to you and that you have the most emotion invested in defending, are the most likely to be wrong.

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