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Friday, September 29, 2006

At Bastiat Free University We Do Have Our Limitations

In fact we have a lot of them.

If you want to be a doctor, or a rocket scientist - Bastiat Free University can only offer advice before we send you off to a school that specializes in your chosen discipline.

Realize we are all still in the dark ages.

The science based schools may well be the last to abandon the educational structures of the industrial age. Yes they will continue to evolve, but expect no great and rapid transformation as will hopefully be seen in some of the other disciplines.

One reason is that the entrenched methodologies have worked well for centuries. Another reason is
the prestige associated with archaic organizational structures. Finally those profiting from leadership positions will fear and resent any new and liberating procedures.

Try to picture the American Medical Association (AMA) willingly giving up patients to specialized non- physician practitioners without a fight. If midwives have trouble - what of more technological threats to their medical monopoly?

What will be the AMA reaction to a surgeon in Beijing operating on a patient in Des Moines using satellite images and robotic manipulation at (gasp) - an inexpensive price?

The AMA will of course rally, and bribe politicians, to protect us from reasonably priced medicine foreign threats. At heart they are no different than union workers in Detroit protecting us from inexpensive and better built cars.

Every scientific discipline has their elite guild equivalent of the AMA.

I'll leave you with a thought from Max Planck, a pioneer of Quantum Theory. Nothing has changed since he said:

"An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out."

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