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Old 10-06-2008, 04:45 AM
bjkeefe bjkeefe is offline
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Default Re: Free Will: In Defense of Not Voting

I salute Jason for being honest enough to point out the fatal flaw of his own theory -- that those more likely to think of themselves as "unqualified" to vote in fact tend to be better informed, and vice versa -- but then I wonder why he would bother to write a paper on this theory.

I guess it's just my taste, but I don't understand what motivates a smart person to spend time thinking about something that not only has no practical application, but worse, directly contradicts the way the world works. I grant that, in the abstract, it can be useful to toss out assumptions and set aside evidence to see what a fresh look might yield, but in this case, I just don't see where there would have been any hope of obtaining anything worthwhile from this exercise.
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