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How many cars have Americans thrown on the junk heap since the Moon landing?  Weren't they added to GDP or GNP when they were purchased? Shouldn't they be subtracted from something when they are trashed?  What is NET Domestic Product?

Economists only subtract the depreciation of CAPITAL GOODS.
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Here is the Indiana Reading List from 2000:

http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED452508

It includes War of the Worlds by Orson Wells

I had to check out the science fiction section.
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I think we should have had a National Recommended Reading List decades ago.  But the list should include a paragraph or two with each book explaining why it qualifies to be in the list and not just title and author.

The Tyranny of Words (1938) by Stuart Chase
http://www.anxietyculture.com/tyranny.htm
http://archive.org/details/tyrannyofwords00chas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9H1StY1nU8

This book is about language and the conceptualization of reality.  Hence it indirectly brings up the subject of artificial intelligence.  Computers manipulate symbols but do they understand language?  I wish someone had told me about it in high school.
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108 birthday of Robert Heinlein, famous science fiction writer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_A._Heinlein
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Sci-fi fans make a big deal of our lack of flying cars.  But any serious nerd should be wondering why we have not had turbine cars for decades.  They were being developed in the 1960s, there was even a movie with Doug McClure.

But the auto industry decided the retooling cost was too high.  If half the cars had been turbines by 1980 how much CO2 reduction would that have made?
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How much do consumers lose on the depreciation of automobiles every year in every country?  Oops!  That is too difficult a question for economists.  Making junk designed to fall apart creates JOBS!
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What is with people who weave through traffic?   What could have been going through his mind when he saw what he was about to hit?
http://www.castlerockagency.com/images/stories/news/self-driving-cars.gif
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People are idiots. I consider "expecting everyone on the road purposefully trying to kill you" as at least 50% of good driving. In my case, I'd call it 90% as I've still never been in an accident, and avoided more than I can even remember.
Someone hits you, you're not a good driver.
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Project Gutenberg is soon approaching 50,000 books.  Here is one from 1900 to get children reading.  It looks as good as anything I was given in grade school more than 60 years later.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/49339/49339-h/49339-h.htm
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Curious thing about homelessness:

How much land has the government decided that we can't live on?

These protected areas cover 2,607,131 km2 (1,006,619 sq mi), or 12 percent of the land area of the United States.[2] This is also one-tenth of the protected land area of the world.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protected_areas_of_the_United_States

Why is housing so expensive in the US?  Why are there homeless?
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What if we eventually create "intelligent" humanoid robots and they decide they don't want to be humanoid?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4ZCSvQoo0s

Now that is science fiction.  LOL
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True. Of all things, why would an artificial intelligence choose to take on a humanoid appearance? 
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At 1:55 he has Wells and Verne but he never mentions Frankenstein.

Mary Shelley is the mother of Philosophical SF
Jules Verne is the father of Hard SF
H. G. Wells is the father of Social SF

Most good stories have some mixture of those characteristics but lots of SF is just adventure with sci-fi tropes.
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If they would only spend as much money on this:

http://sites.inka.de/mips/reviews/TheTwoFacesOfTomorrow.html

as they spent to make Jurassic World.
James P. Hogan The Two Faces of Tomorrow (1979) Reviewed: 1997-05-19. Back at the time this novel was written, Hogan was one of very few authors who actually knew how computers worked or how they were used in practice, and what the areas of research and projected future developments were.
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