Sunday, December 7, 2014

Feynman on living standards

I started to say that the idea of distributing everything evenly is based on a theory that there's only X amount of stuff in the world. . . . But this theory doesn't take into account the real reason for the differences between countries--that is, the development of new techniques for growing food, the development of machinery to grow food and to do other things, and the fact that all this machinery requires the concentration of capital. It isn't the stuff, but the power to make the stuff, that is important. But I realize now that these people were not in science; they didn't understand it. They didn't understand technology; they didn't understand their time.

From Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, page 283 in my paperback copy. What would Feynman think of this physicist? (I don't know).

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