Confessions of a researchaholic

February 2, 2017

The hedgehog and the fox

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:47 am

Things are usually not all black and white, and worth further study before jumping into conclusions.

The travel ban of the seven Muslim majority countries is both cruel and ineffective, even though it might help me recruit students.

As reported in this NYT article written in 2015, the current H1-B visa system has plenty problems. Instead of a random lottery to address the over-demand (by mostly outsourcing firms), it is better to use a more market-driven system, e.g. giving higher priority to higher paid foreign workers.

In general, a skill-based immigration system, similar to what currently exists in Canada, can be better than the current family-based system in the US.

October 30, 2016

US election 2016

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:13 pm

All people are not equal across all space and time in human history.

Such inequality used to be determined by hereditary traits such as race and sex, but more by merits such as character and capability nowadays.

This election has been driven by a large negative force from those who want to revert to the old days of hereditary discrimination and protectionism.
But doing so is only going to make everyone much worse off.

I have cast my vote that can (albeit very slightly) reduce the chance of this disastrous outcome.

[after the election]

Like many people, I was initially very surprised by the upset.
But surprises are part of my day jobs: failed experiments, rejected grants, negative reviews, etc.
I am excited to see convention wisdom turned upside down.
A fully functional democracy can work things out even with a non-conventional president.
Maybe history will show that is exactly what we need.

February 2, 2016

Clinton versus Rubio

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:47 am

Barring major unexpected events, I could not see any other way for the 2016 US presidential election, and this will be a very interesting match-up.

November 8, 2014

What I like the most about democracy

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:37 pm

Is that voters get what they deserve; when things go wrong they cannot blame others such as deity in a theocracy or rulers in a dictatorship.

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