• Wed, Sep 16, 2020 - 02:23pm


    Quercus bicolor

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That thoughtful and nuanced discussion between Wallace and Huxley aired on network TV in 1958.  They even used big words.  Wallace asked thoughtful questions with excellent followups and Huxley made fine distinctions – for example when Wallace painted the lack of freedom in the Soviet Union, Huxley pointed out that the creative class of scientists enjoyed all of the freedoms with the exception of political freedom and a good bit more wealth.  It speaks volumes to the dumbing down of the population over the past 60 years.

The failure of the Soviet Union in 1990 probably happened due to a number of interacting factors.  I wonder if restrictions on freedom had any impact on their productivity.  Perhaps freedom for the creative class was not enough.