Discussion Group

Discussion Group Issues

Bill Schrader Pavilion

25 November, 2015

12 noon to 13:30

A – You don’t have to read this short video on why getting action on global warming is a hard sale.  All you have to do is tell us how to get around these inconvenient facts and sell it.

B – Two years ago Stiglitz said that student debt was crushing the American dream.  Now, fuelled by government programs that delay repayment, but not interest charges, rapid growth rates in tuition, and predatory private colleges, total student debt exceeds by a few hundred million, total credit card debt in the US.  How does this compare to the challenge of ISSIS?

C – The psychologist, B.F.Skinner argued that psychology would enable utopias by removing social friction.  Some of his contemporaries saw it as the ideal tool-kit for an “corprateocracy”because customers and employees could be managed.  Who was right?

D – In a complex article which you need not read, Stephen Weinberg concludes;

Physical science has historically progressed not only by finding precise explanations of natural phenomena, but also by discovering what sorts of things can be precisely explained. These may be fewer than we had thought.

So, must we expect a messy, limited science?

E – If the corporate world skins us with behavioural psychology, why can’t our governments control crime with it?

F – Its illegal to claim you are a decorated hero. Someone claimed, falsely, he served 25 years in the Marines, was wounded many times and won the Congressional Medal of Honour. Did he deserve the protection of the free speech provision in the constitution.

G –  Are you happy that the FDA has just approved genetically engineered salmon?

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