Science progresses one __ at a time

Draft of 2006.09.12 ☛ 2015.07.01

Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science has a note on disciplines and subdisciplines:

Anyway, I’d rather be disagreed with than ignored, and so I realize it makes sense to do much of my communication within the Bayesian community—that’s really the best option available. It’s also a matter of speaking the right language; for example, when I go to econometrics talks, I can follow what’s going on, but I usually have to maintain a simultaneous translation in my head, converting all the asymptotic statements to normal distributions and so forth. To communicate with those folks, I’m probably better off speaking in my own language as clearly as I can, validating my methods via interesting applications, and then hoping that some of them will reach over and take a look.