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  1. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    Once you accept the idea of past lives, then you accept the idea of a multitude of future lives. Once you do THAT, then this current life shrinks in importance into insignificance. That was the whole point. Once you get people to consider this current life to be unimportant, it's easier to...
  2. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    Fundamental economics: when desire for a product exceeds supply, there are only two main ways of distributing the limited product: (A) raising the price until the number of people who want it at that price matches the supply, or (B) rationing it, typically using criteria set by bureaucrats as...
  3. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    Oh, I'm sure they were. I'm not talking about Eastern Europeans who come to UK as EU citizens. I'm mostly talking about Third World "refugees" and other unskilled, unemployable, non-European migrants. Also, it doesn't matter if they pay some taxes. What matters is whether they pay more taxes...
  4. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    We have that too. We call ours "social security". In addition, people can privately invest part of their salaries tax-free, and use that upon retirement to supplement social security. That only works when you import young, high-skill immigrants who actually produce and pay taxes. When you...
  5. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    We have government grants. We also have government-guaranteed student loans. I was referring to the latter. What happens is, if the student is unable to pay the loan, the government eats the loan. We appear to have students who take out educational loans, then walk away from them because they...
  6. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    You assume that old pensioners would be the people whose benefits I would cut, because that is the scare tactic the Left uses. Although I would tell the poor: "I'm sorry you are poor. Don't compound the issue by having kids you cannot feed without needing me bail you out. The way you get out of...
  7. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    The problem with socialism is that it self destructs after a while. In socialism, the "safety net" has to be constructed with funds taken from higher income people. This creates an incentive for them to go elsewhere, unless (like the USSR and East Germany did) you put up walls to keep them in...
  8. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    You can be a socialist without living in socialism. Being a socialist means you believe in a direction. You believe that society would be best off if government controlled the economy, and are in favor of whichever measure might currently come up to expand government control over business...
  9. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/history-of-the-university-in-europe/trivium-and-the-three-philosophies/80BCDA76F32815379CB356DB45FC20E4
  10. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    This is why I'm going to work at having a role in my grandkids' education.
  11. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    The classical early stages of learning was called the Trivium. As the name implies, there were three stages: The first stage: "grammar": the young kid learns facts. Young kids can memorize data very well, so this is a good stage to toss data at them. The end-product of the grammar stage is that...
  12. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    My point is that you probably didn't miss much, as true classical liberal arts started going away around the 1960's. I home schooled my kids in their elementary school years.
  13. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    One of the original purposes of a "liberal arts" education was to produce someone thoroughly grounded in the areas of logic and rhetoric. Such a person is hard to con. The very phrase "liberal arts" means those things which a free person needs to know, partly in order to stay free. Sadly, the...
  14. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    I agree that Hubbard appears to have plagiarized most of what seemed useful in Scientology. Still, the idea of stable data seems useful.
  15. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    In all the definitions, government owns the means of production. If the means of production (factories, mines, etc) are not owned by the government, then it's not socialism.
  16. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    No, there's what the dictionary says socialism is, and what you consider socialism to be. If we are to have a discussion on socialism, we have to first agree on a common definition of what we're talking about. In actual socialism, the State owns and operates the means of production. Having some...
  17. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    Yes, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialism Definition of socialism 1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production...
  18. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    Adding a bit on the concept of "social media influencer", one thing which promotes the rise of them, is increased computing power and Artificial Intelligence. Once you have a group of influencers, all you need to do is give them some talking points to push. Software can then monitor their...
  19. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    Also take into account that you have some who feel they would personally benefit by remaining, and others who feel they would personally benefit by BRexit. Since everyone is in a different circumstance, that results in different viewpoints as to the personal desirability of BRexit. These days...
  20. Enthetan

    The Knowledge Illusion

    We also have the situation, familiar to most people on this board, of the "experts on the mind" (Scientology) who turned out to be complete con-men, and where the field they were "expert" in was complete bullshit.
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