Is it not possible that we in our societies have duped tens of millions of young people into believing that the prolongation of their formal education would lead them inexorably into the sunny uplands of power, importance, wealth, and influence, when in fact many a PhD finds himself obliged to do work that he could have done when he was 16? No one likes to think that he has been duped, however (it takes two for fraud to be committed, after all), so he looks around for some other cause of his bitter disappointment. It isn't ignoramuses who are pulling down the statues, but ignoramuses who think that they have been educated.
Is it not possible that we in our societies have duped tens of millions of young people into believing that the prolongation of their formal education would lead them inexorably into the sunny uplands of power, importance, wealth, and influence, when in fact many a PhD finds himself obliged to do work that he could have done when he was 16?
Suffice to say: If that submission to NASA were taken seriously in the here and now, we'd have to shelve plans for treatments and vaccines for Covid-19! The poor little almost-critters have as much right to almost-live their almost-lives as we do, don't you know?
...to highlight the perils of "modern" higher education...
some well-meaning ones would say to the candidate that he should not be aiming so low.
I know that it is possible to earn more as a trash truck driver
The education fails to inform the students that the modern civilisation is out of meaningful jobs, regardless of the level of education.
Quote from: ersi on 2020-11-15, 13:39:48The education fails to inform the students that the modern civilisation is out of meaningful jobs, regardless of the level of education.Definitely things we discussed in philosophy and sociology and the like, in high school too.
Billions spent in space is a terrible waste of money and in hard fact does little to look forward to. Visit a planet and slowly stumble about in a heavy spacesuit be limited what you can do and so on?
With a higher education it is impossible to get a burger-flipping job (at least over here) because common employers do not want their employees be more educated than they are and some well-meaning ones would say to the candidate that he should not be aiming so low.
And I question much that is accepted on the basis of "experimental" psychology.
Some higher-ed is both needed and required for success in certain fields, certainly. Most forms of engineering. The hard sciences. (Physics demands a PhD, if you're not Freeman Dyson! ) The "soft" sciences seem to have been swathed in ideology; as such, they're mostly useless status games...
Why -you ask- does higher education cost so much in the U.S.? Mostly because the government started providing "cheap" loans to would-be students.
Of course, nothing is ever quite free: Someone pays, somehow. The idea that governments just print money is a perverse fiction. Fiat currency and deficit spending have consequences!....Debt has to be settled, one way or another...
Libertarianism has no value when it comes to economics, sociology, and politics.
Should I spend my time "studying" why command-and-control economies fail?
Violent colonial practices and structures--genocide, land appropriation, resource extraction, environmental devastation, and more--have governed exploration of Earth, and if not actively dismantled, will define the methodologies and mindset we carry forward into space exploration.
Imagine an Earth progressing along [the 1970s timeline]: Heavily polluted, air, water, earth. War-torn. Nuclear war with Soviet Union barely avoided. The wealth is predominantly in the West. China is in a perpetual Cultural Revolution. The rest of the world perpetually in famine. "Limits to Growth" a prophecy. The incentives to leave this place would be strong.
We should afford any potential non-terrestrial microbiology on planets like Mars and Venus, or icy moons like Enceladus, Europa, and Titan an even greater consideration, recognizing that extraterrestrial life may also operate in ways not initially obvious to us. What we determine as "intelligence" based on Earth life may not be relevant on another world, compelling us to proceed with caution.
You have not established the link to the precautionary principle.
In 1982, the United Nations World Charter for Nature gave the first international recognition to the strong version of the principle, suggesting that when "potential adverse effects are not fully understood, the activities should not proceed". The widely publicised Wingspread Declaration, from a meeting of environmentalists in 1998, is another example of the strong version. Strong precaution can also be termed as a "no-regrets" principle, where costs are not considered in preventative action.
...I think that much of our industry and its material needs would be better sited off-world. Our moon (and others) are reasonably well suited for bases; the asteroid belts are likely rich in usable ores.
No one to seriously discuss politics with, ersi...
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