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I have a PhD, University of Chicago. I am a Professor of Philosophy and an affiliate in the Department of History and in theBehavior, Evolution, Ecology, and Systematics (BEES) Concentration Area, the Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Genomics (CBBG) Concentration Area, and the Molecular & Cellular Biology (MOCB) of the Biological Sciences Graduate Program (BISI). I am a philosopher of science and a historian of biology. I was President of the International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology. I was elected a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and was designated a Distinguished Scholar/Teacher of the University of Maryland.My research focuses on reasoning in scientific change. My views on the development of scientific knowledge as progressing through iterative cycles of construction, evaluation, and revision of hypotheses. More specifically, I investigate the conceptual aspects of discovery of biological mechanisms from the nineteenth through the twenty-first century, such as evolutionary and genetic mechanisms. I also explore the implications of such discoveries for science education, medicine, and environmental policy. My current area of research is on computational methods for aiding the discovery of molecular biological and disease mechanisms.

Humanity is more important than money

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What capitalism prioritizes, the world does more of. So how can we change capitalism so that it focuses on what humans really want and need? Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has a surprising proposal.
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Andrew Yang is suggesting a new type of capitalist economy that’s geared toward maximizing human well-being and fulfillment. Our economic system must shift to focus on bettering the lot of the average person. He also mentioned Digital Social Credit (DSC) system, in which people who help move society in a particular direction might be rewarded.
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What do you think of Andrew's suggestions? Are they good or just a different flavor of what we have now?
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You know when in the wealthiest economy we have schools begging parents and businesses to donate basic school supplies (like paper) and people starting “go fund me” accounts for health care, something has gone horribly wrong. Don’t tell me that capitalism “works.” Yes, it can work for some things, and it can work when balanced with strong regulation and public systems for our most critical needs. But clearly something is NOT working right now.
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This article is filled with flim-flam typical of a starry-eyed idealist who doesn't wish to acknowledge the reality of human motivation. He claims an Ivy League education, but clearly it was not in the field of economics. I can't think of anything more terrifying than putting my well-being in the hands of a federal government agency who will decide whether or not my work, my hobbies or my life are sufficiently worthy of"support" based on Digital Social Credits issued to me by a government bureaucracy.
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In some countries such as Nepal, Bhutan & Denmark GDH (Gross Domestic Happiness) is more important than GDP. An idea that investing in the future of your citizens takes precedence over corporate interests.
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What is it with intellectually and morally bankrupt people constantly repackaging socialism as if it’s the solution to anything.
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If you think a social credit system like what you suggest in this column doesn't sound like one of the scariest things a government could possibly implement, you clearly don't understand the possibility for abuse of power and authority. For the love of God, STOP TRYING TO GIVE THE GOVERNMENT MORE POWER!
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Excellent plan! I feel that my well-being requires a beach house, season tickets to see the Braves and a couple of Ferraris - all paid for by other people, obviously! Having to earn things is so oppressive!
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Human capitalism would have a few core tenets:
1. Humanity is more important than money.
2. The unit of an economy is each person, not each dollar.
3. Markets exist to serve our common goals and values."
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Gosh...capitalism doesn't work!?!?!?!? AND SOCIALISM DOES!? I'll tell you one thing that doesn't work: the western"education" system.
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If Capitalism means growth than it is dead. The planet does not need growth. It needs sustainable, circular industries, where we thrive without burning up natural resources and littering the place with garbage. If you can address that then you will have my attention.
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What is it with intellectually and morally bankrupt people constantly repackaging socialism as if it’s the solution to anything
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Early feminists in the 1960's floated similar ideas, because capitalism revolves around the patriarchy. Behaviors that are traditionally male are what pay, and behaviors that are traditionally female but still contribute just as much to society, like child-rearing, don't pay. This is what they were trying to fix before feminism got co-opted a million different ways. We pay taxes, and those taxes are given as handouts to corporations in the form of subsidies. Why not subsidize stay-at-home parents instead? It only sounds weird because we've been doing things the same way for so long. Why does GE or Amazon deserve free money from our tax fund but a single mother doesn't? If our taxes are being used to subsidize somebody, wouldn't it be better to subsidize people who need it instead of corporations who don't? Amazon makes so much money off of tax breaks and subsidies, they can operate at a loss on their product and still make money. That's not capitalism anyway. Let's try something new. If not this, something else. What we're doing now isn't working.
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