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    04-30-2016, 06:36 AM
    Here's my nutshell explanation that I just posted on Greg Stevens' blog entry... Evolution Q&A: Why did only humans become intelligent? **************************** You really did the theory of evolution justice! I, on the other hand, really suck at doing theories justice. Watch... So... humans are exceptionally intelligent. What is exceptional intelligence good for? It's good for solving exceptionally hard problems. But why did early humans, out of all the animals, need to solve exceptionally hard problems? It's because out of all the animals, early humans had the greatest ability to (simultaneously) allocate the widest variety of resources. This exceptional ability was the result of having hands, arms and... walking upright. With quadrupeds... all four limbs are primarily dedicated to allocating a single resource... the animal itself. But this specialization is a continuum that ranges from horses to raccoons to chimps. Horses obviously have four legs. All their limbs are quite specialized to allocating only the horse itself. None of the horse's limbs are remotely capable of allocating other resources. What about raccoons? Do they have four legs? Well, their front limbs are reasonably capable of allocating other resources. Chimps definitely do not have four legs. They have two legs and feet and two arms and hands. They are quite capable of allocating other resources with their arms and hands.
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    04-30-2016, 04:28 AM
    Democracy 2.0: technology can improve how we elect leaders
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    04-20-2016, 04:39 PM
    The Freedom To Easily Exit From Absurd Traditions
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    04-12-2016, 09:12 PM
    Markets give us the freedom to reallocate our brainpower. True or False?
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    04-12-2016, 08:29 AM
    MMT = Moronic Monetary Theory
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    04-09-2016, 01:17 AM
    A while back I attached an orchid to a tree. The orchid had a couple seed pods (aka "fruit") on it. A few days later I noticed that the fruit had been eaten. Probably by some rat. What if the rat had also eaten the roots of the orchid? Then the orchid wouldn't grow... and if it didn't grow then it wouldn't flower... and if it didn't flower... then it wouldn't bear fruit. If I found the rat I could say, "Hey rat, you're really not doing yourself any favors by eating the roots of the orchid that produces the fruit that you eat." But I'm pretty sure that the rat wouldn't understand me. Even if I drew it a diagram. In case you missed the analogy... rats are the voters. Democracy allows them to eat the source of our prosperity. Democracy allows them to eat the hand that feeds them. But, unlike rats, the average human is smart enough to understand how their behavior harms their interests. We just need to do a better job of enlightening them. Democracy asks people whether they want drugs to be illegal and voila! Here we are. 1. The war on drugs uses resources (duh) 2. These resources could have been used for other things (duh)
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    04-08-2016, 12:30 PM
    Would you have understood it any better if I had spent $100 dollars to put the same message on a billboard? I said how I spent my money to promote freedom. Now it's your turn. Kinda like kiss and tell... but spend and tell.
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