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Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 283 of the 2012 revised and updated edition of Steven Landsburg’s classic 1993 book, The Armchair Economist:

The hallmark of science is a commitment to follow arguments to their logical conclusions; the hallmark of certain kinds of religion is a slick appeal to logic followed by a hasty retreat if it points in an unexpected direction.  Environmentalists can quote reams [!] of statistics on the importance of trees and then jump to the conclusion that recycling paper is a good idea.  But the opposite conclusion makes equal sense.  I am sure that if we found a way to recycle beef, the population of cattle would go down, not up.  If you want ranchers to keep a lot of cattle, you should eat a lot of beef.  Recycling paper eliminates the incentive for paper companies to plant more trees and can cause forests to shrink.