Ben Wang

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Ben Wang
Posted about 2 years ago
Why can't we all get together and find a cure to all terminal diseases?
But there's always the possibility of finding better and cheaper cures, which can possibly be even more profitable than the original cure itself. Mass production of said cure and distribution are also profitable things that research centers could then focus on. So I doubt they'd be losing their jobs anytime soon.
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Ben Wang
Posted about 2 years ago
Why can't we all get together and find a cure to all terminal diseases?
Money is a major hinderance to this. It can cost upwards of a billion USD and take more than a decade to get a singular drug in the mass market. Drugs and cures for diseases have to first be synthesized, tested heavily, and then prepared for mass production. So research centers and companies have to make a return on this investment, so they focus on the ailments of more wealthy countries. That's why there are so few treatments for tropical diseases, since companies and research centers don't get a very good return on investment in countries like the Congo as they would in North America and Europe. For most companies, it seems that the main goal is to make money, with the added benefit of saving lives. However, if money wasn't an issue... I think it would be a very real possibility for research centers and scientists to collaborate, similar to what was done with the Human Genome project. It'll take a while because of the development process, but it can be done.
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Ben Wang
Posted over 2 years ago
Should extra credit be offered?
The real world does have extra credit in a way. You get rewarded in life for going above and beyond, for taking every "extra credit" opportunity as it appears and doing it well. However, in real life, doing "extra credit" will provide only a little buffer towards failure.
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Ben Wang
Posted over 2 years ago
If the Industrial Revolution did not begin in Western Europe, could it have or would it have began somewhere else?
It wasn't always like that. In the beginning and middle stages of the Industrial Revolution, the Chinese government shutdown any movement towards industrialization and modernization. With that being said, I doubt that China would've industrialized first if Europe hadn't. Only after a number of military defeats and humiliating treaties did they start modernizing, and they're doing a great job at it as far as I can tell.
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Ben Wang
Posted over 2 years ago
What can we do to change education?
One of the things that I think can be done is providing more options to the student. As of now, most students progress on a fixed track. Schools require that certain classes be taken in certain grades, in a certain order. This gets a little better in high school with the ability to choose some of the courses that you would like to take, but still lacks flexibility and options. This lack of options ends up holding students back. Pacing of the courses also hinders students, by preventing the bright students from taking more advanced courses, and overwhelming other students who find learning more difficult. Sure, you can enroll in courses outside of school, or in summer school. But that also requires money, and students may not be interested in committing that extra time towards studying those topics. Decreasing the amount of required courses, and increasing the amount of more specialized courses, would definitely help students follow their interests. This can also help schools and teachers tailor a student's course load to their academic capabilities and interests. "Intro to Aerospace Engineering" or "Microeconomics" would be two good examples of a specialized course, things that you would not normally find in pretty much any high school.