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    NL you are a welcome addition. I look forward to posting with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernLight View Post
    Hi LeRoy - I really appreciate your feedback. I'm not an academic, but as an editor of academic work, some of it rubs off. Plus, I get to see an awful lot of information passing my window. And like you, I'm curious about most of it.

    The route to Finland was basically a hop, a skip and a jump - a hop from Wales to the Isle of Man at the age of 12, when my parents and grandparents made a disastrous investment in a small guest house. The positive though was landing on a beautiful island!!

    The skip was going back to the UK at the age of 26 to study a degree in communications and biological sciences, mainly because the Isle of Man does not have a university of its own.

    The jump was when me and my Finnish partner in London decided that Finland was a better place to bring up a child than London, where we had no ties at all. Prior to that, I'd got a place to study further at LSE, but couldn't get the funding for the rather expensive fees. Being an immigrant has meant my academic career went on hold, and I was first teaching English, of which I had experience and qualifications from my time in London working with refugees, and then later on to academic editing in the health and social welfare field.

    What took you into economics, if I may ask, and what kinds of questions interest you these days in the main?
    A long and circuitous route took me into economics. My college career actually started out as National Merit Scholar in Mathematics, Astronomy, and Physics. Two years of that felt like being hit over the head with a sledgehammer. I had taken a course in Physical Anthropology as an elective, and fell in love with that field. [I had been interested in human evolution from a VERY young age, as I began reading National Geographic when I was four----my parents had noticed my very strong interest in MAPS, and got me a subscription to that magazine, which was constantly running articles on both the space program and on all the amazing fossils that the Leakey family was unearthing in Africa.] So I switched majors! And moved across the country to Colorado. Where I took a degree in Physical Anthropology. Wanted to become an archaeologist, and I had a particular interest in the Agricultural Revolution, arguably the most important economic transition the human species has ever undergone. I SHOULD have immediately returned to graduate school and gotten my Master's and Ph.D in that field, which I truly loved, and still do. But I didn't want to go into massive debt, an attitude I had picked up from my father, who had barely survived the Great Depression.

    Instead, after my first degree, I ended up working for Hewlett-Packard for ~13 years, helping to make what were, at that time, the most advanced computer chips in the world. [HP was the first to introduce a 32-bit computer on a chip, in 1982.] I was becoming more and more interested in the history of technology, which remains one of my main fields and interests to this day. I was trying to climb the corporate ladder at HP, but made too many enemies with my blunt way of talking; I have always had a very low tolerance for fools. So when HP, during a business downturn, offered a severance package of one whole year's worth of pay, i gladly took it and when back to graduate school, earning my Master's in Economics and going all the way on my Ph.D. except for the dissertation, which I never finished for complicated reasons. My dissertation was going to be on 'The Consumer Electronics Industry in China', and I wanted to tour electronics factories in China. The Chinese government would not give me permission to do so; to this day, I think they suspected me of being a CIA spy. [I was not.] My two Ph.D. fields were in International Economics and Economic Development. I wanted to take MORE field exams, in Natural Resource Economics and in the History of Economic Thought, but they would not allow that; but I could have passed those exams EASILY.

    My main interests these days are in the history of technology (which I mentioned), economic growth theory, and science and technology policy in the advanced capitalist states.

    Pleased to make your acquaintance, NorthernLight!
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    Quote Originally Posted by galatin View Post
    You are new at PH and you already gave contributiond which expressed the deep of some of the issues raised her. What I feel difficult when I post on PH comes from the difference of backgrounds you find. You have many people focusing on a stiff vision of the USA and rather ignorant of what is happening in other places. In Europe they would shut their mouths, here not. You have also people with a global vision and who do not need to rely on idées reçues or myths. And from the mix between stereotypes and open thinking what do you get ? Often little because no one whatever good arguments are made, is ready to change his mind... But also new ways of thinking. It is exactly how the USA look when you visit them, you have at all time one thing and its contrary simultaneously as if time and distances were abolished. I realize after some years on PH that I am very European and that our differences within our Continent are much smaller than one can imagine.......
    @galatin I had no idea you were from Switzerland. Your voice is already very much appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    How many taxes?

    Good thing our founders didn't have your mindset or you would be kneeling before a king today.
    No, that is just how you try to twist words. And if it really needs to be explained to you, you are in over your head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One View Post
    No, that is just how you try to twist words. And if it really needs to be explained to you, you are in over your head.
    He's a bit out of date on the King thing too. We've had a Queen for 65 years! Knee replacement is reaching epidemic levels!

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