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Ideas Exchange: The Value of Things – Scarcity and Abundance

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Took place 2 months ago
Wed 29 Jan 19:00 - 22:00

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What determines the value of things and experiences? The more we have of something, the more we take it for granted, treating it as if it had no value. The more money we have, the less happiness we derive from each additional dollar. The healthier we are, the less we appreciate it.

The inverse is also true. We all aspire to abundance, but what we most yearn for is what is not abundant at all. In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king, but in a world of two-eyed humans we call such a person “handicapped”.

And what about the future? Science holds out the promise of a scarcity-free world. We are already on this path and many previously scarce things – food for instance – are no longer scarce. Does that mean that in the future nothing will have any value?

We’ll get together and with coffee or other beverage in hand talk to other human beings that are as passionate as ourselves about finding answers.

Some subjects we’ll touch on:

• Scarcity – the only determinant of value?
• “Fair” value – myths and realities
• Abundance – an impossible dream?
• Scarcity and abundance – relative concepts?
• A world without scarcity – an absolute good or a complete nightmare?
• Scarcity and entropy – time as the only value in the world

Upon finishing the get-together, we will have gained new perspectives on the subject and deepened our understanding of scarcity, its role in our desires, together with a clearer view of the promise of abundance.