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If we could get economists to stop pushing "utility" and stop concentrating on "economics is optimisation [of a single quantity]" maybe, just maybe, they wouldn't force single lists on people.

Ordinary people have plenty of time, attention span, willpower, and intelligence to deal with arcane sports statistics. Yes, there is a league table because we're talking about tournaments to select a winner, but sports league tables have a gazillion columns full of stats.

So, why do we need a single benchmark again?

[Sports fan counterexample by Ralph Nader, used without permission]

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 20th, 2006 at 06:45:58 AM EST
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