Not Just Water

… also resource economics, policy analysis and why not, music!


“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water” (W. H. Auden, Anglo-American poet. 1907-1973)

“Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful.” (George E. P. Box, British mathematician. 1919-2013)

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics” (Mark Twain, American author. 1835-1910)

“A solution that is correct but not feasible is irrelevant.” (Xavier Sala-i-Martin, Catalan economist. Born 1962)

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” (Daniel Patrick Moynihan, American politician and sociologist. 1927 – 2003)

“Claim about the right to change your mind: it’s the first thing that your enemies will refuse.” (Joan Fuster i Ortells, Valencian writer. 1922-1992).

“Best is enemy of the good.” (Voltaire, French writer, historian and philosopher. 1694-1778)

“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” (Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States. 1890-1969)

” … there are known knows; there are thinks we know that we know. There are known unknows; that is to say, there are thinks that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknows —there are thinks we do not know we don’t know.” (Donald Rumsfeld, former US Secretary of Defense. Born 1932)

“It is wholly a confusion of ideas to suppose that the economical use of fuel is equivalent to a diminished consumption. The very contrary is the truth.” (William S. Jevons, English economist. 1835-1882)

“Data! Data! Data! … I can’t make bricks without clay.” Sherlock Holmes exclaimed in The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish physician and writer. 1859-1930)

“For instead of using only comparative and superlative Words, and intellectual Arguments, I have taken the course to express my self in terms of Number, Weight, or Measure; to use only Arguments of Sense, and to consider only such Causes, as have visible Foundations in Nature; leaving those that depend upon the mutable Minds, Opinions, Appetites, and Passions of particular Men to the Consideration of others.” (William Petty, English scientist. 1623-1687)

“…the real test of our success will be not merely how well we understand the general principles that govern economic interactions, but how well we can bring this knowledge to bear on practical questions of microeconomic engineering…” (Alvin E. Roth, American Economist. Born 1951)

“The population problem has no technical solution; it requires a fundamental extension in morality.” (Garrett Hardin, American ecologist. 1915-2003)

“Crudely speaking then, the “productivity” indexes measure those changes in output that have not ben accounted for by the analyst’s input measures. It is a measure of our ignorance, or the unknown, and of the magnitude of the task that is still ahead of us.” (Zvi Griliches, Lithuanian economist. 1930-1999)

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