Discussion Group Issues Bill Schrader Pavilion 11 March, 201


Discussion Group Issues

Bill Schrader Pavilion

11 March, 2015

Roger Heath   heaths@gmail.com

A – “Scientists Can Now Read Your Memory” says the headline.  This article raises two issues.  First, the very real possibility that authorities may be able to read your thoughts in the near future, and second, the common practise of media exaggeration in order to attract readers.  So, should our brains be off limits to search in the future?  Should media be called out when they exaggerate this badly?

B –  Almost every newscast shows appalling poverty and brutality; most, but not all, far away.  Were any of it in our face, we would have trauma.  As it is many of us eat supper while watching the news.  Why is this indifference so common?

C – Every now and then, a boat has to be hauled out of the water so its barnacles can be scraped off.  One or two barnacles make no difference, but over time they gum up performance.  Every country has idiot rules which hurt most of us.  I now give you permission to nominate one or two laws that hurt you.

D –  Piketty argues that the state should fund three things for everyone -health care, education, and retirement – because they are critical for a state that serves all citizens.  If you think about it, illness, school, and retirement can all happen to people who cannot afford them, and if too many miss out, the country works poorly.  Is Piketty right? (Ha HA)

E – Is the internet free?  I mean what is the cost of finding everything, storing everything, and communicating with anyone?  Who is paying?  Why?

F – This article argues that intelligent robotics will make so much, that everyone will everything they want?  I do not doubt that robotics will increase productivity, but will that lead to full employment, or a larger underclass?

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