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How to improve the higher education system?
Whoever pays the tuition should. But in general in many colleges the classes are already partitioned into list A - core classes, list B - optional but important classes, and list C - rest of classes. If it is the government that pays the tuition, ... read more

Should we be completely rational about our ideological views?
Intellectual honesty is only useful as a means to an end.
Well in your case maybe it is. Other people may view it as an important value in its own right - I know I ... read more

How to improve the higher education system?
First of all, all I say here relates to STEM and other subjects that provide reasonable prospects of employment. For the first point: the public interest is twofold. First, bigger pool of potential applicants, which means you get to select the ... read more

Is the free speech vs offending Muhammad a non-debate?
I think a debate on whether it is OK to draw Mohammad should be a part of a debate on freedom of speech - in fact an important part of that debate. So I don't think it's a "non-debate". Whether it is OK to respond to offense with violence is ... read more

Should we be completely rational about our ideological views?
I am not sure I understand this comment. Wouldn't willfully ignoring evidence be intellectually dishonest? What do you mean by "your terminal value is something outside yourself"? Also, I was just responding to "What is wrong with being ... read more

How to improve the higher education system?
I disagree with this. I believe that (1) if there are more productive, creative, educated and motivated people in a nation, the whole nation becomes more prosperous. It's not like there is a limited number of fish. There is no limit to human ... read more

Is the free speech vs offending Muhammad a non-debate?
Oh, so in the debate on freedom of speech you include the debate on freedom to kill - I didn't realize that. Then I guess these are two debates. How can it be OK to physically attack someone for verbal ... read more

Is the free speech vs offending Muhammad a non-debate?
Why are they different conversations? Freedom to offend either is or is not part of free speech. Is it meaningful/desirable to have freedom of speech without freedom to offend is a reasonable debate topic. This is also related to what should be the ... read more

Is the free speech vs offending Muhammad a non-debate?
That's not a well-posed question. Are you asking whether we are wiling to debate it? Or is it a non-debate because the answer is obvious? If so, which one is ... read more

Is the free speech vs offending Muhammad a non-debate?
What, the Pope was going to kill ... read more

Should schools be privatized?
Depends how you define a better school. A school that makes parents happy is not necessarily the best option for their ... read more

Should government stimulate the economy through deficit spending?
Is there any known statistics about how often, and by how much the GDP increases when government stimulates economy through deficit spending? At the very least, this better be enough to pay back the new debt over some reasonable period of time. If ... read more

Should we be completely rational about our ideological views?
It probably depends on your personal set of values. For some people, being intellectually honest, unafraid to express their opinion and so stand up for freedom of speech and thought are important values. I can imagine such people feeling ... read more

How to improve the higher education system?
I'm in favor of helping poor people stop being so poor. But just give them money. That way you can help all of them. Not just the ones who do well in college.
“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have ... read more

How to improve the higher education system?
That's easy to fix. Most colleges have core classes that everyone majoring in a certain subject has to take. The GPA can be based on this types of classes only. One can also add different weights for different types of ... read more

Government policy and personal moral responsibility
One can argue that by doing nothing to change the government policies, every individual citizen is complicit. There are ways citizens can affect the policy: by activism, writing a blog, educating other people through various outlets etc. If they ... read more

Should government stimulate the economy through deficit spending?
If you invest - yes, I agree. If you keep spending what you borrow, and keep borrowing more, this can become a ... read more

Should the U.S. congress approve the latest nuclear deal with Iran?
This deal is ridiculous. It basically says that we accept nuclear Iran - hopefully in 10 years, but maybe earlier. US is in a much better bargaining position in these negotiations than Iran is, because Iran's economy took a big hit from ... read more

Should government stimulate the economy through deficit spending?
There are two scenarios: (1) this is a one-time occurrence. When economy improves, you pay down the debt, and everything is OK; and (2) this happens on a regular basis, and the debt only accumulates. I think the author meant (2). I guess the ... read more

Should we be completely rational about our ideological views?
I disagree that keeping your views secret makes you a hypocrite or a coward. If you live in a community that punishes non-conformism, then keeping your views to yourself makes sense, and the problem is with the community, not with you. A problem ... read more

Should government stimulate the economy through deficit spending?
You are right - this is not a proof. The thing is in human debates it is rare (if not impossible) to give a sound proof of an argument. Saying that this behavior looks like addiction, and should be treated as such makes sense, though it does not ... read more

Should government stimulate the economy through deficit spending?
I like the original analogy. The definition of addiction is that you keep repeating the same behavior, that makes you feel better in the short term, and is destructive in the long term. This fits with both drug addiction, and repeated stimulus ... read more

How to improve the higher education system?
Two reasons. First, people from poor families should not be hampered in getting higher education: it's good for everybody if they can get good education, and I think the whole society will benefit from it. Second, the model where students pay ... read more

Should government stimulate the economy through deficit spending?
That's a very good analogy. The problem is even worse because it is likely that only the next generations will be forced to pay for the sins of the current generation. One would hope that seeing other nations face economic disasters due to this ... read more

How to improve the higher education system?
In my opinion higher education should be free, and people from lower socio economic background should be able to get stipends from the government. That said, I would prefer to see it much more merit-oriented, both in admissions, and in ... read more

Should government stimulate the economy through deficit spending?
Not quite. After an economic disaster does happen, for awhile the voters will be much more cautions about this (until a new generation that does not remember the economic crisis grows up, and everything starts over ... read more