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To say that I vehemently agree would be an understatement. His concerns about economics have been my maddening qualms with my econ courses in college. At one point, I attempted to take cognitive science courses alongside econ ones to further explore these same ideas like the dork that I am. People often treat the subject so simplistically that I can not see a depth to it. Then again, I believe that many fields of study have a long way to go. Might be why I love the idea of research, playing devil’s advocate, and people who strive for more knowledge. I recently was talking to a friend about how little I believe we know about recycling and waste management alone: Which processes are harmful? Which resultant chemicals do we not completely understand? And will we understand them? When will there be ways to deal with tires? What is this talk about too many cell phone parts to be properly disposed of? Is that really a fast-approaching calamity or is it easily resolved?
And I believe that eventually we will have our answers. Once people stop seeing research and open-mindedness like some of our ancestors saw the great scientists and philosophers like Galileo, Socrates, Hypatia, and Marquis de Condorcet back in their respective times.
Pearl: If you cannot question the norm then, you aren’t much of a thinker.
Pearl #2: if you think progress is problematic or chaos-inducing then, you are Dolores Umbridge and you like cats too much.