+Darius Gabriel Constantine
I buy that to some degree. With a social system that is more liberating, it would seem that more novel endeavors might result. Currently base impulse is leveraged toward promoting behaviors associated with a very linear model. It seems that accommodating necessities as an overhead could bring about a great deal of innovation in all areas. It would be interesting to see what a person who is not spending their time struggling to eat, and stay dry and warm could accomplish with their specific interests. It's trivial to find evidence of how too much control can stifle innovation.
I often wonder what we might have been able to achieve had we scaled Gift Economics and bonding behaviors by sharing the innovation and spoils with greater and greater communities, rather than hoarding and raiding. I also assume that a combination of environmental factors and our own predispositions dictated that it was unlikely. I wouldn't expect that humans that had formed their views of reality in an environment that is painfully finite would have known how to tract the abundance that they had created with agriculture. It was utterly emergent. The first few were probably identified as gods or at least angelic. They were able to will the grasses to grow.
I empathize with them now.