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Between the pundits and the partisans, you’re dealing with a lot of very delusional people. And sports provides for much more frequent reality checks,” he wrote. “If you were touting how awesome Notre Dame was, for example, you got very much slapped back into reality last night. In politics, you can go on being delusional for years at a time.

Nate Silver participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” chat today. - POLITICO (via brooklynmutt)

The difference comes down to the fact that social science really wants to be predictive, meaning that man is predictable, while the humanities say that he is not … Prediction is the hallmark of modern natural science, and practically every social scientist would like to make reliable predictions, although none have.

Old Dead Crankypants Alan Bloom, whose mind would have been blown by Nate Silver.