The class is hard. Most students don't like the class due to its theoretical content. I understand why they don't like the class. But I love the class. I remember why I came to Columbia because of this class.
Our last problem set made us study three trends:
1- The population growth projections:
Question k of our final problem sets says:
Are simulations of this kind useful? What are some key elements that are missing from this simulation? How would you change it to improve it?
As a joke some of my classmates mentioned that this simulations are not useful and that we should be investing our time in action more than models.
I think that in some aspect they are right, these simulations are so over simplified that they can lead to wrong decisions. This is my poorly written answer of a sunday night:
Some additional trends that scare me:
So! What should we do? Do we know where we are going? Do we want to go there? I am unsure but it seems it is terra ignota...