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Before the prospect of an intelligence explosion, we humans are like small children playing with a bomb [...] We have little idea when the detonation will occur, though if we hold the device to our ear we can hear a faint ticking sound
disagrees State-funded faith schoolsI have always felt uneasy about fervently religious schools. They seem to teach exactly the opposite of what education should be about — to give pupils all the facts and allow them to discover their beliefs for themselves... it is an anomaly to allow publicly funded schools to choose their intake, overtly or covertly, on religious background only. No other state-funded institution is exempt from t... See More
Elliott Abrams, American lawyer, diplomat
agrees Legalise recreational drugsThe war on drugs is not being won, and it continues to threaten stability and democracy not only in the Andes but throughout the Caribbean as well, where tiny police and military forces are outclassed by the sophisticated equipment in the hands of traffickers passing through the region on the way to their market in this country.
Sania Nishtar, Pakistani cardiologist
agrees Electronic votingOn balance, internet voting is feasible, which if effectively deployed, could improve accessibility for voters, especially those that are overseas and others for whom access is an issue, such as the disabled. It could also potentially save costs and time.
George Carey, Former Archbishop of Canterbury
agrees EuthanasiaWhen suffering is so great, when patients know they are at the end of life, make repeated pleas to die, it seems a denial of loving compassion which is the hallmark of Christianity to refuse to allow them to fulfil their own clearly stated request – after a proper process of safeguards. That is what I would want.
As it is, the grotesque distortions of the global market mean that for every dollar the West dispatches to Africa in the form of aid, two dollars are clawed back through subsidies and tariff barriers: a monumental rip-off by the rich as they instruct the poor to accept 'free' trade or else.
Nicholas Bloom, Professor of economicsMany people who have lost out in the last few decades voted for Trump. Trump will have a difficult time turning them into winners. The jobs of these people are not at risk because of Chinese or Mexican workers, but because of robots and computers. And new trade barriers and higher tariffs are not going to change that.
Rosa DeLauro, American politician
agrees Soda taxesThere is a clear relationship between sugar-sweetened beverages and a host of health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and tooth decay. We are at a crucial tipping point. The SWEET Act would help correct the path we are currently on.
disagrees Soda taxesA tax on sugary soft drinks is the first step on the road to fat taxes and sugar taxes more generally. It makes little sense to tax sugary drinks on their own, rather than sugar more generally – a couple of Mars bars are just as bad as a bottle of Coke – but the Chancellor probably reckons that the public won’t care if he only targets soft drinks. Once the tax is in place, he will follow the lead ... See More
Robert F. Kennedy Jr, American radio host, environmental activist, author and attorney specializing in environmental law
disagrees VaccinesNone of the vaccines have more than a few months of double-blind placebo testing, which will not allow you to spot illnesses like autism that aren’t diagnosed before five years. Second of all, in most vaccines, for example the Gardasil vaccine, they don’t use true placebos.
disagrees $13,000 a year for every over-21-year-old American instead of all transfer payments would be better than the status quoTotal health expenses and risk will remain high for individuals. It might also shift the norm whether to work. Work = being part of society
Demis Hassabis, Founder & CEO, DeepMindHe accepts there are “legitimate risks that we should be thinking about now”, but is adamant these are not the dystopian scenarios of science fiction in which super-smart machines ruthlessly dispense of their human creators.
Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development in CanadaI think it’s the principles behind the idea [of a guaranteed income] that matter. These principles are greater simplicity for the government, greater transparency on the part of families and greater equity for everyone
David Bellamy, English author, broadcaster, environmental campaigner and botanist
disagrees Climate change is realFor the last 16 years, temperatures have been going down and the carbon dioxide has been going up and the crops have got greener and grow quicker. We’ve done plenty to smash up the planet, but there’s been no global warming caused by man
Gerard Lyons, Economic adviser to Boris Johnson, mayor of LondonThe choice may be a stark one, between the UK being in an EU that is inward looking [and] insular, [...] or outside, trading with the whole world including Europe, negotiating our own, better suited, trade deals with a focus on what the UK is good at
Robert Shapiro, Chairman of economic advisory firm Sonecon, IMF advisor, former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce. BlThe risks of climate change continue to grow. Global, harmonized net carbon taxes could contain those risk s in an economically-efficient and politically-feasible way.
stellacreasy, British Labour Co-operative politician, Member of Parliament
disagrees Women-only train carriagesCan we make all carriages safe for all passengers rather than restricting where we can go? [It] doesn't keep women safe to restrict their movements - it normalises attacks. We need to be clear they [the attackers] are problem, not women's seating plans.
Reza Moghadam, Economist and Vice-chairman for sovereigns and official institutions at Morgan StanleyMacron is right - the Eurozone needs a finance minister. [...] it focuses on the essential: a collective action mechanism for managing and stabilising economies in crisis. It also does so without the need for EU Treaty changes
Moorad Choudhry, Head of Business Treasury, Global Banking and Markets at Royal Bank of ScotlandFar from being at risk of stagnation [after a Brexit], we would be able to present ourselves as a genuine open free market, no longer subject to EU bureaucracy and regulation. Expect things to go from strength to strength.
Patrick Minford, Professor of Applied Economics, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff UniversityIn the medium and long term Breset will herald a major growth-boosting period as the UK breaks free of the over-mighty EU with its protectionist mindset and establishes free trade and intelligent regulation aimed at UK economic interests
Gisela Stuart MP, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston, chair of Vote LeaveThe NHS is struggling to cope with rising demand. If we Vote Leave we will be able to stop our money being spent on EU bureaucrats and instead invest in the NHS so that patients can get the best possible care.
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