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house Bill H.R. 1156

Do U.S. Researchers Need to Coordinate With the International Science and Technology Community?

Argument in favor

Scientific collaboration benefits all parties involved, and having U.S. researchers work with international partners could accelerate the pace of scientific and technological development.

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05/27/2015
It has been proven that collaboration leads to progress. Thus, even collaboration between the public and private sections of R&D could only further benefit humanity as a whole.
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mickeywc24's Opinion
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05/27/2015
I would encourage those commenting negatively on this to actually read the bill. It plainly states that partnerships must be in line with our foreign policy objectives.
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James's Opinion
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05/29/2015
Science benefits the entirety of mankind. It's more effective and cheaper to work together.
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Argument opposed

This could potentially put U.S. researchers in the unsavory position of having to collaborate with repressive regimes — there need to be guidelines outlining who American researchers should collaborate with.

ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/26/2015
It is not the role of the government to attempt to stimulate research. While well-intentioned, these research councils and bodies never amount to more than useless bureaucracies that end up inhibiting the very innovation they were established to create.
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PacificCstar's Opinion
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06/04/2015
We do not need to collaborate. We need to compete. That's what drove us to reach the moon.
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Jake's Opinion
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02/02/2016
It is the researchers' decision to collaborate or not. I wouldn't want to be forced to write a dissertation with someone just because the government thinks it would be nice. This hinders our advancement.
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    It has been proven that collaboration leads to progress. Thus, even collaboration between the public and private sections of R&D could only further benefit humanity as a whole.
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    It is not the role of the government to attempt to stimulate research. While well-intentioned, these research councils and bodies never amount to more than useless bureaucracies that end up inhibiting the very innovation they were established to create.
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    We do not need to collaborate. We need to compete. That's what drove us to reach the moon.
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    I would encourage those commenting negatively on this to actually read the bill. It plainly states that partnerships must be in line with our foreign policy objectives.
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    It is the researchers' decision to collaborate or not. I wouldn't want to be forced to write a dissertation with someone just because the government thinks it would be nice. This hinders our advancement.
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    Anything that brings us together as a species, rather than dividing us by arbitrary lines on a map, is a good thing.
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    Science benefits the entirety of mankind. It's more effective and cheaper to work together.
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    As the world becomes more and more interconnected, we need global solutions and collaboration to global problems
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    This world needs amazing scientific development if we want to expand past this single rock floating in space. Working divided is too slow.
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    Since the digital age the world has seen national borders start to disappear. Nations no longer have as large of a stake in global affairs, companies and corporations have an immense amount of power compared to what we've seen in the past and since the internet, an individual has the potential to have a huge influence regardless of social standing. So to think that our world is not heading towards one without nations, to think that if the US sits this out it will stay on top is fool hearty. So why not embrace it? Face the new world with an actual plan and the willingness to accept that others can help us, maybe not right away in every aspect but in a field that transcends cultures not collaborating will leave the US without a stake in the new world.
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    This could be a dangerous situation for our researchers trying to develop new weapons for the military or new items for our space program that are secret from other countries.
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    By coordinating with researchers in other nations we strengthen regional ties, and by promoting scientific projects across diverse regions we become both more open and more influential in a sector which begs for collaboration. Scientific research cannot be globally competitive, that's a lose-lose for the world of understanding and progress. By believing that we must be constantly competing in science to make the next leap in weapons technology before everyone else we create the circumstances we are ALL trying to avoid. No nation alone has all the information and tools, but together we have enough critical diversity to strengthen individual weaknesses and push forward together.
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    While collaboration may lead to better results, forced collaboration, quite possibly with repressive countries, will not stimulate innovation in the least.
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    It takes a Democrat to assume that nothing is possible without the government. IF GOVERNMENT WOULD GET OUT OF THE WAY EVERYTHING WOULD BE BETTER.
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    Why waste time on ground already covered. I swear most of the opinions are such no brainers it shows how worthless congress is.
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    We should integrate with the international community and be able to do wonderful things. We as one Earth should cooperate for the greater good of everyone on Earth. Yes certain nations should be blocked if they're notorious for violations of international law, British dictatorships, and the elk.But this law helps bring the world together.
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    Researchers already do this quite well without government oversight
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    Get out of the business of trying to direct the future of innovation, you do more harm than good.
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    This Is Up To Private Researchers To Decide For Themselves. Not Government.
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    Collaboration with allies is always a good idea.
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