Discussion Group Issues Bill Schrader Pavilion, 2 October 2016, 12 noon to 13:30

Discussion Group Issues Bill Schrader Pavilion, 2 October 2016, 12 noon to 13:30

D B E C A F

Lets have a relaxed meeting this Wednesday at 12 noon.  No timing, add topics, etc.  Main thing is to have fun and see how many of us are here.

 

A – It is widely accepted scientific fact that climate change is real and potentially catastrophic. What specific action will you take in the next four years? *

B – The NYTimes has a special election forecast for president and senate that is updated every day.  This gives us an opportunity to guess at the impact of the FBI effect on these races and quickly see if we are right.  I suggest we focus on how it may change the race to a senate majority.

C – Number wonks have accepted that the raw data showing preventable medical errors in [US] hospitals the third-largest cause of death in the country in 2013.  But a wonderful analysis demonstrates we should be looking at something like expected life-years lost.  After marvelling at a textbook instance of clear writing, can you come up with other examples where “issue-years” is obviously critical?

D – Apparently the American Bar Association does not understand irony.  In this case are they right to be cautious, or a public duty to publish?

E – I have insomnia issues.  If you don’t, be thankful.  This article can launch a discussion on the issue.

F  –  Science may have an answer for the hardest question in Philosophy – why is there anything?  I cannot evaluate this answer in any way, and this raises another hard question – What is philosophy good for?  For starters, I would say it is good for moral issues, but not relevant for cosmology?

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*The NYTimes has posed 16 questions for Hilary and Donald which we will answer over this season as if we are constructive presidential candidates.

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