28
Nov
09

Ideas

I have a few ideas bouncing around inside of my skull which I may elaborate on later, but here are some subject lines

On the technology and business end

  1. Automation as a means to eliminate human errors in medical and chemical analysis in the lab
  2. Automation as a means to decrease costs of manufacturing complex machines and equipment
  3. Standardized component modularity as a means to increase competition
  4. 3D printers capable of producing parts in a variety of materials for component replacement (metals, plastics, and silicates)

On the science and research end

  1. Incorporation of new techniques such as rapid genome sequencing equipment for research rather than using older techniques with lower throughput. This would save a considerable deal of time; I know grad students work for cheap, but this would allow for faster results.
  2. Establishing a means of incorporating science into popular culture through having the scientifically literate informing television and film producers.
  3. Open access publishing.
  4. Review articles published separately in special open access formats.
  5. Having the scientists conducting research to write the press releases, or at least have the final say in their printing.

Social and political ideas

  1. Politicians cannot receive income from companies or individuals. Campaign finances should remain separate from the individual’s other income sources.
  2. Any politician voting on a matter he or she is not thoroughly familiar should be removed from the office he or she holds.
  3. Educational systems (secondary) should be nationalized with educators trained in the field they teach, not required to hold a bachelor’s in “education” but also a bachelor’s or higher in mathematics, English, chemistry, physics, psychology, biology, world geography, political science, economics, etc.
  4. Utilizing the collegiate style education in high schools with only a single lecture for all students of the class with multiple lab-type classes for supplemental instruction.
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3 Responses to “Ideas”


  1. November 28, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    I like many of these. Much of what you are seeking here is increased efficiency, more accountability and higher standards of performance from educators, administrators, politicians and the like.

    Feeding self-serving opportunistic behavior into the equation, I wonder how it would turn out?

    Mike

  2. November 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    “Any politician voting on a matter he or she is not thoroughly familiar should be removed from the office he or she holds.”

    Please let this happen! The fact that politicians would hardly be allowed to do anything is a possible consequence, but if they are forced to between ignorance or power, and are not simply allowed to have both, I think that they will put forth an honest effort…

  3. 3 jaredcormier
    November 29, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Mike, the goal of the ideas is to, ultimately, eliminate the possibility for self-serving opportunism while increasing education levels through popular outlets. I am thoroughly convinced that while someone with a degree in education can be familiar enough with subjects to teach it on a high school level, the rarity of this should give us pause as to the effectiveness of this model.


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