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  • If you put your tin foil hat on just right, you may think that stem cell research could be the biggest area of financial gain in the field of medicine.

    And, you wouldn't want to spoil that by mixing in federal funds and possibly having to put the findings into the public domain.

    Taking the federal money out of the picture makes it a nice... um... "investment opportunity".
    • Backing up in general and ignoring the ethical issues ... that's the way I think it should be, anyway. The government should never fund stuff like this, because then it sets itself up in competition with private business. We should let private investment drive the space program, the educational system, disease research, etc. And I promise you that things would continue to be funded ... witness all the breast cancer marathons and such. In fact, I'm personally pledged that if the government quits taxing m

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      • That is a nice theory, and it would most likely be better than what we have going on right now... if it worked.

        I'm not sure it would... here is why:

        As an investor, I would not want a cure for Aids... or a cure for Cancer. (for example)

        Instead, I would want a drug that allowed you to live a somewhat "normal" life (and in the casee of Aids, I would want you spreading the disease) for as long as you bought and paid for my "cure". This solution would bring a much higher rate of return than a solution that ac
        • Here's why I don't agree with you:

          As an investor, I would not want a cure for Aids... or a cure for Cancer. (for example)

          As an investor WITH AIDS, I would want a cure for AIDS.

          As an investor with relatives WITH AIDS, I would want a cure for AIDS.

          As a member of the public with some money that can be pooled in various charitable uses, I would want a cure for AIDS.

          I think if the public cares enough to vote dollars out of people's pockets for a given cause, then they care enough that they would donate voluntarily if there were NOT money being voted out of their pockets and someone came around soliciting. We have hundreds and hundreds of people who voluntarily give time and money to such causes now, including the March of Dimes, the Susan B. Komen breast cancer cause, etc. The market is more than just investors and people looking for financial incentives; it also includes the aggregate actions of the entire public and its charitable deeds. Obviously the Susan B. Koman foundation feels that this has a decent chance of solving the breast cancer problem.

          As for patents, I advocate their abolition. They are an inappropriate government grant of monopoly power.

          As a moral person, that idea is not optimal to me.

          Thought question, which I'm asking just for you to think about, not to suggest that either answer is right or wrong: is it moral for you to insist that your way is the only way and use the threat of force to take people's money away to do things your way? Is it moral for you to take money which does not belong to you if you do something good with it?

          I can't see depending on the free market coming up with the optimal solution on this one.

          I don't see the not-so-free market we have now doing much good, either.

          I think that *sometimes* society has to solve problems, and not leave it up to "the market".

          Did you or did you not see in my first post where I talked about breast cancer charities?

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          J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
          • Did you or did you not see in my first post where I talked about breast cancer charities?

            Yes. And, I'm not trying to do a point-counter point discussion. I think that there is too much overlap for that... and, I'm not up to it.

            I do see merit in your ideas, I also see merit in my own. I don't think either would work. Mainly because they aren't flexible enough. I tried to allude to that with my last paragraph.

            Is it moral for you to insist that your way is the only way and use the threat of force to take