Mind Yoga

Robert A. Heinlein from The Notebook of Lazarus Long

posted Feb 24, 2010, 5:34 AM by Peter Ficuciello

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, and die gallantly.  Specialization is for insects."

Malthus Said

posted Dec 14, 2009, 4:17 PM by Peter Ficuciello

Malthus said, "Man is necessarily confined in room," Malthus argued. "When acre has been added to acre till all fertile land is occupied, the yearly increase of food must depend upon the melioration of the land already in possession. This is a fund; which, from the nature of all soils, instead of increasing must gradually be decreasing.”  What did he mean by this and was he right, why/why not?

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