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Scientific would be the pursuit of cause and effect explanations. What you are referring to with the econometric modeling is scientism ~ emulating the form rather than the substance of established sciences.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Nov 9th, 2011 at 12:14:45 PM EST
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