Seán Hayes

Rochester, NY, United States

About Seán

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Web development

Comments & conversations

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Seán Hayes
Posted over 4 years ago
Why do so many think that population growth is an important issue for the environment? Don't they know the facts of demographics?
The reason we don't have enough resources is: 1. Lifestyles in the developed world are extremely wasteful. 2. Lifestyles in the developed world exceed what's needed to live and be happy. If our existing habits were modified to be more efficient and if we stopped buying so much crap we don't even need, there's no reason it couldn't be scaled to 9 billion people. "it will take a concerted global effort to get rid of extremist populations" Absolutely, let's get rid of all the intolerant people.
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Seán Hayes
Posted over 4 years ago
Should Governments start to measure what really matters to people - their happiness? Or should they stay out of such a private matter?
I think that up to a point it should. Every decision the government makes can either make me happy or unhappy, and I'd prefer they made me happy. But they also shouldn't do things that will violate people's rights in the name of making them happy. Like you mentioned above, reducing unempoyment could involve forcing people into careers they hate, so in such a case it might be better to let people choose. Also, happiness isn't everything. I think it's more important to do what's right than to do what would make people happy. I think that's why the US went to Iraq, so that affluent Americans could live in scenic suburbs and drive their gas guzzlers an hour each way to work every day.
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Seán Hayes
Posted over 4 years ago
Can people who deny science be educated? How?
1. It's completely normal/rational to trust what we've seen with our own eyes rather than take the word of a stranger. I would try to figure out why their experience differs from what's shown in research. 2. They are always changing. The fact that science is constantly changing and trying to get closer to the truth is one of its merits. But there are many instances where multiple research studies will have contradictory findings, which makes research seem unreliable. Is there some way to identify what research is reliable and what isn't? 3. We all have our own, differing concept of what the truth is, but there's only one truth, one shared reality. Anyone who believes they're automatically right about everything, or that opposing statements can simultaneously both be true, probably can not be educated. When someone doesn't believe in facts or reality there's really not much you can do without first reversing their opinion. Since they don't believe in objective reality, there's no empirical evidence you can convince them with, so maybe you should expose them to some philosophical works that will encourage them to change their opinions. Regarding 1. and 2., their skepticism should be applauded and used to your advantage. Maybe have them do a small research project that will demonstrate the material, and then they can see it with their own eyes.
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Seán Hayes
Posted almost 5 years ago
Melinda Gates: What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola
As far as I know, no Coca Cola products contain MSG, only Diet Coke has aspartame (and I'm guessing it doesn't sell that well in the 3rd world since it has no calories), and I know that at least in Mexico they use real sugar so they likely do in other parts of the world as well.