Monday, December 31, 2012

Intermezzo

A fellow blogger was asked by a 9-year-old what he would do if he was the President of Estonia.

Some time ago I was asked something similar, in a more serious way, by a fully grown-up and politically aware Indonesian. 

My answer was: Legalize all forms of stem cell research in Estonia. I think it would be a perfectly Estonian move, in the vein of the cultural legend that is "nobody ever told them it couldn't be done, so they went and did it". The opposition to stem cell research and human cloning is pretty much exclusively *moral*. Leave morality to the rest of the world, while the least religious country on the planet cashes in on every major pharma entity sending their best researchers here. (Pass a supplementary law requiring anyone with a PhD to do 10 hours a week community service at local universities.)

Happy Holidays etc.

2 comments:

Sharon B said...

Yes, because PhD students are otherwise involved in properly payed employment, and can therefore devote gobs of time to volunteer work. As research is also fairly non-labour intensive, they can easily spare the hours and hours of time they have between scavenging data and scavenging food to do whatever you think they should be doing to prove their worth. Especially since most of them don't already lecture and tutor for little or no remuneration as part of their course requirements.

Oh, wait, sorry. I'm making sarcastic comments on the assumption that Estonia isn't a magical land where PhD candidates aren't half-starved and constantly stretched for time. If I'm wrong, then I apologise for that and replace those comments with a "yay Estonia!"

Andrei Tuch said...

You are indeed making sarcastic comments without actually reading and understanding the article. I hope that habit helps you in your pursuit of a PhD.

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