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Who would you vote for in the US 2016 presidential elections?
I wouldn't classify Somalia or Yugoslavia as wars. Which party do you think would be more likely to get the US in a conflict? Do you think al gore would have invaded Iraq if he were ... read more

Who would you vote for in the US 2016 presidential elections?
Whoever the Democratic nominee is. Aka Hillary Clinton. For one reason. A Democrat is less likely than a Republican to get the United States involved in an winnable ... read more

Should schools be privatized?
Why cheaper and more effectively? Private corporations are just as burdened with bureaucracy as governments. While large scale operations a limited in their ability to adapt to changes, they do have the power of buying at scale. I ... read more

Should we be completely rational about our ideological views?
No. It's very situational, but there's a range of emotions I may feel. Humor comes to mind first. Disbelief. Indifference. All those are far more likely than ... read more

Should we be completely rational about our ideological views?
There's literally billions of people whose opinions I don't care about. Of the people that know me, if they thought I was [some negative character trait], for most of them, I would not care. For the rest, I would attempt to rectify it, either ... read more

Is Inequality The Product Of Cognitive Biases?
I don't see a relationship between "overcoming biases" and increasing status. I could see a relationship in an individual not caring about status as a terminal value (in and of itself), but a lack of bias affect how others see you? I don't ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
And the number next to "replies" only reflects the next level of reply, not the whole thread. It would be more helpful to see how many replies are "below" regardless of ... read more

Comments - Suggestions - Criticism
The lack of threading is driving me nuts. I don't like that I've got to drill down to view replies and click through to reply. And to view previous comments while I'm replying, I have to click back? That's very ... read more

Should government stimulate the economy through deficit spending?
I never used the word "proof". I try to be careful to couch phrasing in an accurate way. I'm not always successful, but "proof" and "prove" get flagged in my head. "Developing model about the world that is consistent with evidence" is a pretty ... read more

Should government stimulate the economy through deficit spending?
Are you saying a credentialed economist will be more ignorant on economic issues than a random person off the ... read more

Should government stimulate the economy through deficit spending?
You're mixing several things here... Professional stock analysts actually do perform slightly better than passive funds (even accounting for the random walk effect), but that slight gain of 1-2% is eaten up by their fees, so passive funds are ... read more

Should government stimulate the economy through deficit spending?
I'm not sure of the intent of the question. "Stimulate" "economy" and "deficit spending" have been most recently discussed in the the US in the context of austerity vs. spending in times of a recession. I assume that's true in Europe ... read more

Should government stimulate the economy through deficit spending?
But again, it's just an analogy. It's not evidence. It's possible I could argue that giving drugs to a drug addict is actually a good idea (see methadone) but even if I did that we wouldn't be any closer to the truth of whether ... read more

Should we be completely rational about our ideological views?
"he’ll suffer a painful blow to his self-esteem. He is now officially a hypocrite, a conformist and a coward. Also, he will lose the sense of community and start feeling like a stranger among the people he cares about." That's the only option ... read more

Should government stimulate the economy through deficit spending?
Oh dear. Is this how we're starting off this site? My concerns are: 1) The question is unawerably vague. What to government? USA? Greek? Japanese? In 2015? 2008? 1992? 2) Having a short answer option (required) for an incredibly complex ... read more