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Vocabulary and Innovation

??? Ok we all know the following at the moment the number of ideas written in English far exceeds that written in most languages. Plus many of those ideas have high economic value i.e. sciences, medecine, arts, etc. But let’s assume the following. You have 2 static populations one that has just been introduced some new ideas from another. The culture in question, despite 5000 years of existence etc, latches upon these ideas and begins to master them. Why? Because they have an environment that emphaises this one idea more than the originating culture which is full of innovations and hence more likely to have a diversified intellectual space less likely to nit-pick ideas down to their bare bones.? In other words in a limited linguistic environment a new idea will have more people concentrating on it than in the originating culture.

??? This assumes though that the two cultures are static. If one or both cultures are growing (as is often the case with innovations and higher economic status) than a culture has the ability to produce enough people to off-set the effects of a diversified intellectual space. I.E. if population grows along with the innovation then it’s possible that the increasing number of people will be able to specialize into the fields in question and continue the line of thought faster than the culture just introduced the idea.

??? If you take this as a model for innovation then we can predict that a culture that’s population is not growing faces the potential that it will dwindle in the intellectual space too.

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February 9, 2006 at 5:23 am Leave a comment

More Ideas Marijuana is a decentralized network so are 3d printers

This is an old story, but one of the problems with outlawing pot is that quite simply there isn’t any really big influx of it into the U.S. anymore. Pot can be grown in small quantities indoors etc. While cociane and other drugs require refining techniques that your average person wouldn’t want to do (ya know mashing it down to an acidic bath and then drying it) pot is much more regular, you just pick and go. Hence the real problem with it is that you can’t catch it as easily because virtually anyone with a closet can grow it. It’s similar to the problems of intellectual property rights we already face with p2p (which I haven’t used in ages, but ya know) and 3D printers. Knock offs produced in China, India, where-ever can shut down by lobbying the government to better regulate the industries and police them, but if people are building the things in their bedrooms with just a few punches of a button the network becomes more redudant etc. This has been covered by Lessing, Doctorow, etc but just occured to me the other day in terms of drugs. What can be grown easily at home has a better chance of becoming legal than what can be stymmed and shut off. The question is what would become of pot if decriminalized? Would small time growers begin community gardens? Isn’t its illegal nature what makes growing it in small batches so effective versus the risks of bringing it in whole sale? Wouldn’t legalization basically make it more effective to grow in large batches and ship in or would it turn out that a few hydroponics here and there are actually more effective than growing in bulk? My point being the illegal nature of mairjuana necessitates it’s homegrown mentality and the profit involved in growing it, while any law favoring decriminalizing it would open up a market for people elsewhere. Pot already has been the subject of engineering both in the lab and on farms and like tobacco it’s greater profit might be in owning the patent to a particularly good seed than in actually growing an activity many people already undertake just for the convience of it. I prefer to leave things open with questions, but I think pot being decriminalized would create an international market with 7-11 stocking the favored blends, but it wouldn’t actually kill the home grown types as much as thought, the amount of work going into it isn’t great and the results store better than produce or fruit my point being like a 3D printer it only takes a little time and materials put in to yeild something that’s leisure far outweighs the work.

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February 9, 2006 at 5:19 am 1 comment


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