Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Clear Thought, A Valuable Commodity

"For mass killings, the numbers are already so low that the logical question would be: is it worth doing anything to try to reduce even more the chance of mass killings? What could be the undesired side effects of implementing policies to that effect? For example, let's say that someone came up with a vaccine that guaranteed that a child who received would never be a mass killer. However, one child in 100,000 dies from an adverse reaction to the vaccine. Clearly the vaccine itself would cause more deaths than mass killings, so it's a net negative if we are trying to minimize unnecessary deaths."
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Politicians say stuff they think will sound good, without regards for the utility of the language. To expect otherwise if foolish, even if you happen to be favorably disposed towards the President.

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