Magazine July 6, 2020, Issue


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Human Resources

I loved the mention of Julian Simon in the Week (May 18). However, as the quotation below from the Wikipedia article on The Ultimate Resource — Simon’s 1981 opus — shows, “the ‘ultimate resource’” is not, as NR’s editors wrote, “unforeseeable technological advancements,” nor “any particular physical object,” but rather “the capacity for humans to invent and adapt,” inexorably leading to the “unforeseeable technological advancements” that the Ehrlich fans had failed to consider. Another reason to welcome each and every birth.

Wikipedia: “The overarching thesis on why there is no resource crisis is that as a particular resource becomes more

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