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  1. Frank says:

    Thanks for the shout-out! I think the reductio ad absurdum of the approach was Richard Posner’s book “Public Intellectuals”. . . .which also exhibited the genius behind starting a ranking system based on how much you’re talked about–you get talked about by many of the people you rank (and many of those you don’t)!

    Here’s a nice list of reactions to Posner’s book:

    http://www.complete-review.com/quarterly/vol3/issue2/posner.htm

    PErhaps the only way to fight a ranking system one disagrees with is to ignore it.

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