@robertkatz: Twitter throwdown btween @auerswald & @bill_easterly was awesome. hope Phil + Bill will take up on blogs. 7:24 PM Oct 29th, 2009Here's the Twitter exchange Rob was referring to.
Easterly: On Gates. When aid optimism vs pessimism becomes political not evidence based - am I guilty also? http://bit.ly/PvPTq (prev T'd)
Me: @bill_easterly Your "searchers" (who are they again?) may gauge effectiveness w/ randomized control trials. But no entrepreneur ever did.
Me: Been to a lot of events. Tonight's presentation by Bill & Melinda Gates was exceptionally powerful. @gatesfoundation http://bit.ly/mhZ2R
Easterly: I couldn't see the Gates webcast last nite b/c of technical problems. Anyone who saw it have any comments or reports?
Me: @bill_easterly I was there also (ergo previous Tweets.). Gates Foundation is not the U.N. That's a good thing. Gates is an entrepreneur.
Me: @bill_easterly Bill Gates is an entrepreneur first, philanthropist second. @gatesfoundation
Me: @bill_easterly The totality of your narrative ultimately does not make sense because you do not understand entrepreneurship.
Easterly: Why do entrepreneurs like bad data? RT @auerswald: your narrative does not make sense because you do not understand entrepreneurship.
Me: @bill_easterly Science doesn't prove, only disproves. Data & analysis not "good" or "bad," but rather better or worse depending on context.
Me: @bill_easterly RCTs are $$ & inherently limited in generalizabilily & by non-stationarity of distribs. Good in public health. Not much else.
Easterly: My blog is also cautious and critical of RCTs RT @auerswald RCTs are $$ & inherently limited in generalizabilily
Me: @bill_easterly Entrepreneurship is inherently forward-looking. Retrospective confidence you call good data is, prospectively, just a guess.
Me: @bill_easterly You advocate a data aesthetic relevant only to public health & critique of aid relevant to everything but public health.
Easterly: Don't you need to know if it's working? RT @auerswald Entrepreneurship is forward-looking. Retrospective you call good data is a guess.
Me: In business, you know it's working when people buy what you're selling. RT @bill_easterly: Don't you need to know if it's working?
Easterly: We dont have that in aid, need to know outcomes RT @auerswald: In business, you know it's working when people buy what you're selling.
Me: Didn't you get the memo? Aid doesn't work. RT @bill_easterly: We don't have that in aid, need to know outcomes. http://bit.ly/1YKZnn
Easterly: Let's continue our dialogue on blog or email RT @auerswald
Me: @bill_easterly has worn me out. Unintended consequence from going to Living Proof event last night. @gatesfoundation http://bit.ly/mhZ2R