Brexit and the Consequences

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Old Oct 21, 2017, 8:44pm   #4033
 
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How could you analyse Brexit - a sample of one?
It's not the sole instance of secession in all of history.
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It's not the sole instance of secession in all of history.
Secessions are successful when the oppressor is weak. Still don't know the sample size.
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Old Oct 21, 2017, 10:36pm   #4035
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The pre-Renaissance scientists were certainly different and although they were called "philosophers" they did mostly believe in a flat Earth until Pythagoras put them right in 6 BC. Despite later religious belief to the contrary, the early Christian church did in fact believe in a spherical earth. All of which of course just goes to show how inconsistent experts can be.

I've always thought that the good thing about experts is that you can always find one to support the view that you believe in. Unfortunately, unless you are an expert yourself in the chosen field then you have little choice but to accept what the experts say. It brings to mind medical opinion on smoking during the period 1920s to 1950s – especially in the USA – where the profession approved & even encouraged it while participating in tobacco company advertising.

So that's why I have a healthy disrespect for experts!

Whether those pre-Renaissance guys were philosophers or priests, what they had to support their flat earth view was strength of belief, not strength of observation-based evidence.

The scientists in the 20's-50's didn't have it either because they hadn't looked for it. The fact that these groups were wrong doesn't undermine science or evidence-based decision-making. In fact it rather supports it.
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Indeed. The anti-science crowd seems to believe that since we don't know everything, we don't know anything. Bacteria weren't "discovered" until the 17th century, yet doctors were saving lives for centuries before that.

Duck Dynasty ran for eleven years. Cosmos ran for one. Draw your own conclusions.
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Not going very well for the EU is it. How much more can they take.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41708844
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Capitalism buys and sells "experts" with few principles or great monetary needs.
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More trouble at mill!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41712263
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Old Oct 22, 2017, 12:35pm   #4040
 
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On that link I also see that our impartial and agenda-less BBC reports that:

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Labour: UK heading for no Brexit deal
Emily Thornberry predicts the UK's "intransigence" will stop agreement being reached with Brussels.


Perhaps what Emily Thornberry really means is that the UK should roll over and and pay up whatever the EU Politburo deems to be their satisfaction. I really don't see how this equates to UK intransigence.

Good job there are some dedicated Brexiteers who will save us from such folly!
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