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Open thread, 23-29 June 2014

Are you saying the whole point of the book is to confuse readers?

Open thread, 23-29 June 2014

Recently, I started reading The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. I am ~50 pages in and I don't understand any of it. The stream of consciousness narrative is infuriatingly hard to read, and the storyline jumps across decades without any warning. What are some techniques I can use to improve my comprehension of the book?

Open Thread, May 26 - June 1, 2014

Really? That's interesting. What's the hypothesis on why this occurs?

Open Thread, May 19 - 25, 2014

I think it would be a plus. Americans would be forced to actually consider which issues are important to them.

Open Thread, May 19 - 25, 2014

What would happen if citizens had direct control over where their tax dollars went? Imagine a system like this: the United States government raises the average person's tax by 3% (while preserving the current progressive tax rates). This will be a "vote-with-your-wallet" tax, where the citizen can choose where the money should go. For example, he may choose to allocate his tax funds towards the education budget, whereas someone else may choose to put the money towards healthcare instead. Such a system would have the benefit of being at democratic in deciding the nation's priorities, while bypassing political gridlock. What would be the consequences of this system?

College discussion thread

I'm interested in entrepreneurship and startups. What should I major in? The most obvious candidates for me are:

  • Computer Science/Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Applied Physics

Are there any data on which majors increases chances of success?