Jay Hanson’s post to EconCritique@yahoogroups.com that “Economics is rotten at the center: The “Math/Logic Paradigm.” was passed on to me. He basically found that economics is a social construct, of ideals that can’t be discovered in nature, and prompted this [edited] reply.
Jay, I like how you aim at finding the conceptual errors. It’s a good clue that problematic assumptions are neither possible to prove or disprove, suggesting they are just social constructs or definitions, rather than principles of nature discovered by observation.
A still greater fault may be found in our expectation that the world follows our abstract models at all. That nature would follow our social ideals itself seems to be a pure social construct unsupported by observation. Our beliefs we construct of our own abstract ideals are quite unable to articulate many features of how the systems of nature work, so it’s a mystery we haven’t acknowledged it.