WIT Press


Natural Designs In A Sustainable Economy

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SPD030331

Volume

67

Pages

8

Published

2003

Size

423.70 kb

Author(s)

J.J. Smith

Abstract

The important thng you're doing right now is not reading this paper but breathing. Yet you don't breathe, beat your heart, or digest your food willfully. The most important things you do, you relegate to your autonomic nervous system, freeing your brain to engage in higher pursuits, to read this, or better yet daydream, or paint murals on ceilings, perfect nuclear weapons, or play video games (tastes vary). Just as evolution has liberated the brain to pursue its interests, so has techno-progress freed humanity (some people more than others) to pursue their interests. In the US in the 1990s, inventors and investors joined forces and delivered us the microchip, the internet, and a new way to live our lives. What was enjoyed by the "wired" could be enjoyed even by the millions left behnd, if we let the economy run autonomously. Yet out of social habit, we distort the economy's natural patterns - prim

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