Well, I'd argue the NSA wiretapping is a more suitable analogy, but yes. Big Brother, if you recall, was survielance and the use of rampant patriotism to do away with rights. It has little to do with the actual size of government or the level of management; IIRC, you could do just about anything you wanted, but they'd be watching.Originally Posted by [b
Big government, in my eyes, is more simply a result of the sheer size and complexity of society. If we'd stop breeding like nymphomaniac rabbits and bring the human population down to something reasonable, I suspect we'd naturally see a return to smaller government, simply because the large, complex infrastructure is no longer needed.
But some things are better when in government hands. I'm sure you're not a fan of having to lay down your own road whenever you want to go somewhere, after all.Originally Posted by [b
But in what field, and I suspect it's an RO1 (research-oriented, top tier, for everyone) university. I'd *love* to work at an RO1, but organismal biologists aren't exactly the most application-oriented lot.Originally Posted by [b
Oh, it's a total blast, but one that you've gotta be super-careful with. Fieldwork can be great fun, but a nice case of sleeping sickness or malaria, or a venomous snake bite, can make things turn bad fast, especially if there's no nearby hospital.Originally Posted by [b
Even if they're paying for that education?Originally Posted by [b
The number of times that happens, compared to the number of times the data leads to the right decision and feelings lead us astray, is insignificant. Inuition is one thing, that's merely sub-conscious data processing, but if you make a decision just based on what feels right, you've got a greater likelyhood of being wrong. This basically explains the distaster that is modern politics: you do what'll make the voter's feel good and re-elect you, no matter how useless or damaging.Originally Posted by [b
Herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians (I'm a Master's student). Crocodilians are not the most fun animals to work with, nor are venomous snakes. Fortunately, I've only had limited dealings with either, but I have a suspicion I'm gonna have to use large vipers for a series of experiments I want to do in the future.Originally Posted by [b