Enjoy a social justice pun this Friday. Happy weekend, everyone!
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[The modern Western economist] is used to measuring the “standard of living” by the amount of annual consumption, assuming all the time that a man who consumes more is “better off” than a man who consumes less. A Buddhist economist would consider this approach excessively irrational: since consumption is merely a means to human well-being, the aim should be to obtain the maximum of well-being with the minimum of consumption.
Without [mental time travel], there would be no planning, no building, no culture; without an imagined picture of the future, our civilization would not exist.
The science of mental time travel — fascinating read on memory and how our ability to imagine the future made us human