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經濟學理論也是有極限的。博愛座制度的設立,很多都是社會學層面的問題,而非單存的經濟問題。就算真的要用經濟學來討論博愛座,也請用真正的經濟學模型來解釋博愛座,而不是把經濟術語(成本、誘因、效益、外部效果…)當成隱喻,寫成這種似是而非的論述。(既不經濟學,也不社會學,這到底是甚麼?) 

好吧,就算真的要這樣寫,也請搬出新制度主義的寫法,認真討論博愛座這個制度設立的成因與後果,這樣才能算是從經濟學來討論博愛座的問題吧….Orz

如果你問十個學過經濟學的人「何謂經濟學?」你或許會得到11個答案。如果你問我「何謂經濟學?」,我想我只能告訴你,「經濟學是一種社會科學」。既然我連經濟學是什麼都搞不太懂了,如何能回答「經濟學的極限」這個問題呢?答案是「我不能!」所以這篇文章只能算是閒聊,像是我和詩人朋友討論理性的極限,大家來討論看看吧! (繼續閱讀…)

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Mingsen told me about this friend of his the other night. This friend of his is an award winning poet, who is skeptical of rationality’s ability to understand sensualities (not too sure if i am using the right term), such, poem, painting, humor and other sensibilities. By rationality, I mean “the quality of being consistent with or based on logic“, i also mean reason and science. (繼續閱讀…)

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After neouto shared the view with a girl that the elderly and students should not be greeted with concession tickets, she responded, “both of you are so rational as to have little morality." (hopefully I did not misrepresent this anecdote.)

I have a few points to add to. (繼續閱讀…)

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Having discussed with neouto about some philosophical thoughts during the boring life in the army, I found neouto’s thoughts coincidentally similar to Nietzsche’s. He has also showed his approval of nihilism:

A nihilist is a man who judges of the world as it is that it ought NOT to be, and of the world as it ought to be that it does not exist. According to this view, our existence (action, suffering, willing, feeling) has no meaning: the pathos of ‘in vain’ is the nihilists’ pathos — at the same time, as pathos, an inconsistency on the part of the nihilists.

Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power

I think he may enjoy understanding the whole Nietzschean philosophy. Enjoy it! (繼續閱讀…)

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I was tidying my room while listening Philosophy Talk talking about “Happiness", I properly have miss a few point here or there. But,

I really wish they had spend more time talking about Happiness as an incentive that is part of a larger system our genes use to encourage our consciousness to act in a way that will increase the chance the genes in our body will survive.

Talking about Happiness as a word, a condition or how it differ from culture to culture and era to era is fine, but any serious conversation about Happiness should devout large proportion to talking about it as an evolutionary biological phenomenon. (繼續閱讀…)

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How do you evaluate an investment when the effect of the investment is hard to measure? The investment I am thinking about is the defense budget. For many countries, it is an investment mainly to deter foreign aggression or threat of it.

One of the problem with national defense budget is, it’s so difficult to estimate its opportunity cost. To put it into perspective, for a business investment, to calculate whether an investment is good or not, all you have too do is something like this: divide profit by investment and then compare the result with other investments that you could have invested in during the same period of time. (繼續閱讀…)

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Watching the passionate politics in the streets and vibrant economy that survived the 97 Asian financial crises, many believe Taiwan (officially dubbed Republic of China or R.O.C.) has come a long way from its past colonial and authoritarian governments to metamorphose into a democracy. As a Taiwanese resident, I can testify to this view. However, a mature democracy has to be more than just elections and industries. It is also about respect for natural rights of human beings and a capable institution for protecting it. This is where Taiwan’s democratic maturity is less able to stand up to scrutiny. Both Ming-Sen and I believe this weakness is particularly demonstrative in Taiwan’s compulsory military service (henceforth CMS) and thus forms the general theme of this blog. (繼續閱讀…)

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