What it means to have a scientific attitude toward the world
"The lead-crime story fits all my political prejudices, as well as my taste for simple and surprising explanations with clear policy implications. And I’ve been a loud advocate for it. But I don’t want to believe it if it isn’t true."
This is from a blog I read (daily), and it expresses as clearly as anything I have ever read how we must approach our search for truth. Too much of what I read in economics essentially starts from the writer having found a simple, eloquent, compelling story, and then believing it, regardless of the evidence. (And it's a serious temptation, one you have to work to avoid. I find myself always thinking about it, and reminding myself that falling into that trap has caused me to make some of my own mistakes.)