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How about economics? I'd consider that in the same boat, but I wouldn't be at all surprised to see someone throwing around precise numbers like that.

I guess it's just a result of having precise models. As long as you have the numbers, you might as well throw them around, regardless of how approximate and misleading they are.






Economics hasn't made a good name for itself either. It has been called the "dismal science" and there is the famous analogy question - astrology is to astronomy as economics is to blank?

Seriously, the question being asked is more important when trying to determine if it is actually science. Do they have enough examples to make a model with X number of parameters. If the question was: assuming the sun became a red giant would the earth experience significant warming - I'd accept answers with zero examples but I'd also expect that the model had only a few relevant parameters.
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