Q: Has looking at the numbers prevented you from actually just enjoying a summer day at the ballpark? Have we all forgotten the randomness of human ballplayers? By reducing players to just their numbers can we lose sight of the intangibles such as teamwork, friendships, and desire.This is yet another example of the "people who think about things are strictly better off than people who don't" meme -- roughly speaking, the usual justification for this is that we can turn off the thinking when we want to. But can we? I know I can't just turn off the part of my brain that is constantly counting things or figuring odds of things, and there are moments when that does hurt my quality of life. I think in the end I come out ahead -- and most mathematicians probably would agree with me, otherwise they wouldn't be mathematicians -- but it is not so simple.
A: Does looking at pretty women prevent one from experiencing love? Life is complicated. Your efforts to compartmentalize it are lame and useless.
02 April 2008
The unexamined life?
From Bill James answers all your baseball questions, a long interview posted at the Freakonomics blog: