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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 583 of Julian Simon’s 1996 magnum opus, The Ultimate Resource 2:

But the thema underlying my thinking about resources (and the thinking of a minority of others)  is that the relevant system of discourse has a long enough horizon that it makes sense to treat the system as not fixed, rather than finite in any operational sense.  We see the resource system as being as unlimited as the number of thoughts a person might have, or the number of variations that might ultimately be produced by biological evolution.  That is, a key difference between the thinking of those who worry about impending doom, and those who see the prospects of a better life for more people in the future, apparently is whether one thinks in closed-system or open-system terms.


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