Discussion Group Issues
Bill Schrader Pavilion
9 October, 2016
12 noon to 13:30
A E C D B F
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 – Like all President’s Trump will have to balance conflicting responsibilities for family, party, and the American people. So far he has exhibited a strong family attachment, little respect for his party, and a commitment to only a small part of the people. Will this change when he becomes president? We can only assess his presidential priorities after he has been in the office at least a few months. For now the best we can do is tell each other what we think his priorities should be and any signs that he us moving towards them.
C – The FDA finally banned many antibacterial compounds in soaps and toothpaste on grounds that their harm outweighs their benefits. Bully for them, no? Do you think they will extend the same test for farm antibiotics?
D – Recent research indicates that only about half of perceived friendships are mutual. That is, someone you think is your friend might not be so keen on you. Or, vice versa, as when someone you feel you hardly know claims you as a bestie. Some blame human beings’ basic optimism, if not egocentrism, for the disconnect between perceived and actual friendships. Others point to a misunderstanding of the very notion of friendship in an age when “friend” is used as a verb, and social inclusion and exclusion are as easy as a swipe or a tap on a smartphone screen. It’s a concern because the authenticity of one’s relationships has an enormous impact on one’s health and well-being. Do you think this estimate is too large or too small in your case? (By the way we are all friends, no?
E – Our civilization’s existential challenge is to cope with global warming. Will our success depend more on science, or on the ability to enact rational social policy? What science? What social polices?
F – This link shows the the republicans supporting, or not, Trump and contains a link to the Democrats satisfied, or not, with Hilary’s Party. It was devised right before the big win. Does this rough data indicate room for a few more parties?
*The NYTimes has posed 16 questions for Hilary and Donald which we will answer over this season as if we are constructive presidential candidates.