I see this line of reasoning often, and it's a case of projecting one's values and way of thought on others, assuming they reason in the same way you do. You are making too many equivocations.
That's called cognitive dissonance, and it's not restricted to Americans.
Perhaps it wasn't your purpose, but your post smacks of what characterizes American-style anti-intellectualism. You argue that any pursuit of knowledge that does not have immediate practical application should be eschewed in favor of more pressing matters.
Where would we be if out of the box thinking were suppressed?
Obvious response- his father didn't consume enough B9.
There was a war between the two in 1979 regarding Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge (Communist government of Cambodia) made the mistake of attacking battle hardened Vietnam, and the Vietnamese responded by invading and taking over Cambodia. Cambodia's communist government was supported by China, and tacitly by the USA, so China decided to teach Vietnam a lesson for interfering. One positive byproduct of the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia was to stop the genocide of counter-revolutionaries.
My anecdotal experiences contradict your statement.
Consider doctors must slog their way through 4 years med school, 4 years residency, 2 years or so of fellowship, ~200K of student debt, and the threat of lowering wages due to healthcare reforms. All that, and they don't start their career in earnest until around age 32.
Most likely, doctors don't put up with that unless they want to help others to some degree. If they are driven purely by greed, there are other lucrative careers with more immediate earning potential- banking, law.
I saw him perform in Austin around 2002. My Taiwanese gf and I had a jolly good time. Even better was overhearing guys in another band gripe about how Wesley Willis pulled in more fans than them.
Not a bright idea for a certification/license exam.
Because I'm not as intellectually complacent as you.
Perhaps so, but why can't people think of more creative arguments rather than the crass obvious?
Way to insta-Godwin this discussion.
Having been a huge fan of the book Starship Troopers, I was sorely disappointed with the movie when it came out. I was 18 at the time. As I matured, I grew to love the movie version. The movie fits in so well with Verhoeven's other scifi flicks Robocop and Total Recall, and serves as the perfect riposte Heinlein's naive jingoism. Plus, I find it delicious how people continue to this day to take Starship Troopers at face value. The satire is way over the top and still relevant today.
I really wish the movie of Ender's Game got the same treatment. The book is terrible, but I think if the movie had properly satirized the source material, the movie would be a classic.
Yes, they do. I remember telling a group of Chinese doctors that I thought it strange that Taiwan has its own currency, defense force, and government if it was part of China. Oh, China liberated Tibet from an oppressive regime, too.
FWIW, many states' engineering licensing boards are starting to offer a software engineering licensing exam.