Back to Basics…

02 Nov

After hours of looking at my microeconomics course material and graphs, something suddenly struck me. Most events in nature has a curve similar to bell curve. Things progress from 0 all the way to a maximum and then come back to zero and then it goes through the negative to a negative maxima and then returns to 0. For example, if you reduce price of a quantity, you sell more. If proportion of revenue increase is greater than cost reduction, you increase profit. But then, there is a limit after which reduction in price does not lead to increased profit and hence the profit reduces. I thought about some examples. Look at Sun, the light intensity slowly increases and reaches the maximum intensity and then wades off and reaches perfect darkness and comes back on. Look at humans, we start out without any clue. We learn and reach a point of maximum capacity and knowledge (or lack thereof) and then, we go back again to being like kids, needing help from others for our existence during old age. Think of a lot of things that way, you will see that this seems to be a commonality. If you replicate this curve back to back, you will get a sinusoidal curve…(suresh, engeyo poyitteda..) May be, this is the reason why most of the seemingly non-deterministic waveforms can be converted to sinusoidal equivalents*. I hope the above mentioned facts convince us that in a macroscopic view of things, behaviour of events are periodic and follow a definite pattern and usually, they dont tend to go in one direction or the other, but cycle along.

Now, let us look at human evolution in terms of what we as humans have learnt and how we advanced, at a higher level of abstraction. Darwin’s theory about natural selection states that complex organisms derived their incremental intelligence through its ancestors and such intelligence passing happens for every generation. It would mean that intelligence of humans will grow over time. Intelligence adds value to a community, as we all know. But, can intelligence, when added more and more cause the value of the community as a whole to go up adinfinitum OR in other words, does the intelligence necessarily translate into a huge value proposition over time. I think that it is not true.

I think, humanity as a whole is undergoing law of diminishing returns by added intelligence and smartness. I get curious about questions like, are we better off than our ancestors. Another way to look at it is, what are our current goals, more from a lifestyle perspective than our ancestors. We all want to stay healthy (running, going to gym etc.,), eat good food (organic is better..:)), we dont want a lot of stress in our lives, we want to be peaceful. When I thought about it, I was wondering about the life of a farmer. One can do their daily workouts in the field, eat pure and organic food (garden fresh), can be peaceful, and hopefully, not a lot of stress inducing factors as well. One would think that Health care might be an issue. Yes, it definitely is. But, if there was no pollution and if everyone ate good food and exercised well enough, I would assume that natural remedies should take care of most problems than the humanly fabricated problems. Should we, as a community go back to the basics and slip ourselves from the maximization curve and stabilise ourselves with the better practices that we have inherited over time ? It makes me feel that people living in country side knowingly/unknowingly are probably better off without technological interventions. I dont know if it is politicians or just the inherited intelligence factor, but from a very high level, all I see is that nature’s wealth getting increasingly consumed without anything being put back. In the process, we weave more and more strands which only complicates things than making it simpler. Look at all other living things than humans, it seems to me that they all serve some purpose to the ecological balance. But, I think humans dont serve any purpose other than just consume and deprive nature of all its resources and create a global imbalance, may be even destroy earth. Something to think about…or not ?…

* Fourier Series and Fourier Transforms just do that


Posted by on November 2, 2005 in From AM-KICKING blog


3 responses to “Back to Basics…

  1. bumblebee

    November 2, 2005 at 4:21 am

    Many times when I was in the Microeconomics class, I used to wonder the same. I remember the time when plastic bags were scarce. We had to take a cloth bag to the shop or we couldn’t buy anything. Now plastic is ubiquitous.

    I cringe every Thursday when I see the pile of recycleables that we set out on the pavement for the city to pick up. Do we really need that much paper and plastic? I am not a minimalist, but I think we can make do with a lot lesser of many things.

    When I hear tales about those little villages where my husband grew up, it seems so charming compared to the city.

  2. Survivor

    November 2, 2005 at 6:21 pm

    A very interesting and a familiar blog at the same time.

    The interesting part is the sinusoidal curve.All these days I was looking at it more from Fourier’s point of view.Even our mood swings follows a sinusoidal curve. Same with our emotions and fears.

    The controversial part is the global imbalance. Yes, we are consuming nature and maybe thats the way it is supposed to be. Just as you said, it all comes back to the basics.There has to be extinction and destruction of human race for earth to get back to the big bang times .

    It is a very familiar blog to me as we have discussed this many times before.

  3. BrainWaves

    November 2, 2005 at 7:20 pm

    Whether it is correct thing or not, going back to basics is almost impossible for us.

    It is difficult for individuals to foresee the future problem. Especially when you are not going to be there to face it.


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