Incestuous Amplification (Paul Krugman)

English: Paul Krugman at the 2010 Brooklyn Boo...
Terminologist and Economist: Paul
Krugman at the 2010 Brooklyn Book
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Incestuous Amplification.” What a wonderful phrase, which Paul Krugman describes as “a term for how highly dubious ideas become not just accepted, but viewed as certainties. “Incestuous amplification” happen when a closed group of people repeat the same things to each other – and when accepting the group’s preconceptions itself becomes a necessary ticket to being in the in-group.”
Krugman is talking about his fellow economists, but this concept also works with other small or closed groups, and that includes scholars in a given discipline.
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By Paul Romaine

Paul Romaine is a grant writer and independent curator in New York City.

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