Jules wrote: "It would appear to be logical therefore to consider the likelihood that our problems arise from an underlying root cause i.e that there is an endemic, built-in defect within our economic system which highlights and brings forward in sharp relief the negative aspects of Human Nature, and that our problems are in fact systemic and will require major restructuring and reorganisation in otherwords rebuilding from the foundations up."
Let me propose a rephrasing:
It would appear to be logical therefore to consider the likelihood that the problems in our economic system arise from an underlying root cause i.e an endemic, built-in, non-adpaptive
defect within aspects of Human Nature, which will require major restructuring and reorganisation, in other words rebuilding from the foundations up.
Of course rebuilding human nature from the foundations up is a tall order , which is why our economic and social problems are so perennial and refractory. (refractory is my favorite adjective for things pertaining to human nature)
One of my petit grand theories is that human culture is analogous to the projections on the wall of Plato's Cave and the proximate source of those projections is DNA, a massively parallel and distributed computer. Another metaphor is that people are just "fruiting bodies" and culture is the mycelium, again with the massively & etc. DNA thing. (I say DNA is the proximate source of culture because who can say what the ultimate source of the DNA computer might be. As likely as not it came to Earth from elsewhere in the universe. Maybe tiny bits of it are floating around everywhere out there.)
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"If there is life on Mars, it’s not too farfetched to believe that such Martian species may share genetic roots with life on Earth.
"More than 3.5 billion years ago, a blitz of meteors ricocheted around the solar system, passing material between the two fledgling planets. This galactic game of pingpong may have left bits of Earth on Mars, and vice versa, creating a shared genetic ancestry between the two planets."http://web.mit.edu/.../2013/detecting-dna-in-space-0709.html