Image description: A comic with two characters: a very simple cartoon figure, a rectangle with dots for eyes, and a very simple cartoon figure, a short, fat rectangle with dots for eyes. Character 1 says: 'I'm creating an alternative form of economics!' Character 2 says: 'Um, OK but... Why?' Character 1 says: 'Because regular economics is so crap. It's full of things that don't exist; invisible hands & market forces etc. Do you want to help?' Character 2 says: 'Um...' Character 1 says: 'And it'll be only based on facts, not on assumptions about human nature, like we're all greedy or rational or altruistic or whatever.' Character 2 says: 'OK, but I'm pretty sure normal economics has facts too. I mean it has loads of equations and stuff.' Character 1 says: 'So does astrology.' Character 2 says: 'Ouch. OK, but who are you to create a new field of inquiry? I mean, isn't that sort of thing more for, I don't know, university professors?' Character 1 says: 'Normal people are allowed to create systematised knowledge too, you know. There's no law against it.' Character 2 says: 'You are such a weirdo.'

Rational inquiry

Image description: A comic with two characters: a very simple cartoon figure, a rectangle with dots for eyes, and a very simple cartoon figure, a short, fat rectangle with dots for eyes. Character 1 says: 'I'm creating an alternative form of economics!' Character 2 says: 'Um, OK but... Why?' Character 1 says: 'Because regular economics is so crap. It's full of things that don't exist; invisible hands & market forces etc. Do you want to help?' Character 2 says: 'Um...' Character 1 says: 'And it'll be only based on facts, not on assumptions about human nature, like we're all greedy or rational or altruistic or whatever.' Character 2 says: 'OK, but I'm pretty sure normal economics has facts too. I mean it has loads of equations and stuff.' Character 1 says: 'So does astrology.' Character 2 says: 'Ouch. OK, but who are you to create a new field of inquiry? I mean, isn't that sort of thing more for, I don't know, university professors?' Character 1 says: 'Normal people are allowed to create systematised knowledge too, you know. There's no law against it.' Character 2 says: 'You are such a weirdo.'

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