Comparing Two ‘Too Good to be True’ Solutions

Posted on September 11, 2007. Filed under: Personal Blog |

Stem Cells

The Presidential Candidate Fred Thompson says that scientists should use adult stem cells instead of embryonic ones. Since adult stem cells can do everything that embryonic ones can, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t just use the adult stem cells!

Energy Conservation

The Environmental organization Enervision says that people should put energy-saving devices into their homes. Since measures to increase energy efficiency will save homeowners money, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t all implement them!

There’s a reason why people aren’t doing it now.
When rhetoric ignores people’s expressed preferences,
it fails to consider real-life tradeoffs that people must make.

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