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Posted in: Does the experience of living in Japan make you a better person? See in context

No, but if you think so, it probably says that you are about as non-intellectual as the Japanese are. Japan is a great place to live; but as much as you might 'love the way they live', do you really want to 'think like them'. They are not empathetic at all; they are self-righteously compliant. That's not empathetic; its conservatism.

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Posted in: Ukraine appeals to West as Crimea turns to Russia See in context

Disagree with timeon, because political concepts are not so simple that people readily grasp them. Representative democracy is a huge extortion racket giving power of attorney to political incumbents who can rack up huge amounts of money through corruption, then take off, with the support of Russia. Representative democracy is the problem; and saying so doesn't make you a autocrat or anarchist. If you are looking for 'honest, clean politics', I don't know a country you can turn to. What can I say, they are all representative democracies, or worse, and collectivist Eastern Europe is more sordid than most. Referendums are c<>ontext-dropping dogmatic proscriptions, so not sure why anyone would want one of those, unless one wants to subordinate the free will. Having said that, the US/EU believe in 'due process' and 'the rule of law', and so they spurn the arbitrary decision of subordinate 'regions' to do as they please, even if its 'construed as democratic. I personally think it matters little whether Crimea secedes or not, because it would not address the problem of rights and conflicts of values. Representative democracy is not a system which will allow them to reconcile those differences.

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Posted in: 350: The magic number See in context

Its shameless how governments around the world and media are promoting the global warming issue. This is a science issue, yet arguments are being shifted and used by politicians and collectivists to achieve their political ends. There is no crisis, unless of course you are referring to the disturbing misuse of science for political ends. This is of course not the first time. In the 1970s it was asteroids striking earth, in the 1980s it was a 'Mini-Ice Age'. What this highlights is not simply the fact that media and government have some vested interest in some scare to create a new tax, to sell more newspapers, to placate the reader, but an underlying lack of critical thinking skills by all concerned. The greatest threat is that people will lose confidence in reason as a standard of value because it was wrong again on scientific assertions. Of course the problem is 'science is not a popularity contest'. The truth is destined to lie with the few scientists who challenge convention. That is historically how the world progresses. The Einstein's of the world, not typically science committees are what moves the world. Refer to

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Posted in: What do you think of the lay jury system in Japan so far? See in context

The judiciary is the most important institution in Western democracy, yet just like the other arms of government, it is improperly conceived or framed. Reason is not the standard of value in the judiciary, just as it is not in the executive and legislative arms of government. The failure of participants to provide reasoned outcomes is a product of flawed philosophical values. The problems which manifest from these values is referred to as 'judicial activism', the notion that judges are stepping outside of their 'standing'. Nothing could be further from the truth. refer to

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