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Joshua Bowles

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Positive Reinforcement

This is mostly for our justice system. The justice system here in America usually only punishes bad behavior. There is never reward for good behavior. So there is only negative reinforcement for the actions of typical humans. Why not develop some sort of point system that would provide positive reinforcement for good behavior?

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    Jul 31 2013: It can be implemented just like any other law. Write up a strategy and make a vote, get other advice so on and so on. What is more important economics or the fact that people everywhere, rich or poor, have nothing but an insatiable desire to do good things? Would the effect of all the goodness, naturally bring an economically sound community? Eventually, the system would delete itself as the human mind advanced.
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      Jul 31 2013: My first question was not answered. Which is fine. That one requires a lot more time than the average person ought to devote to such a thought.

      --"What is more important economics or the fact that people everywhere, rich or poor, have nothing but an insatiable desire to do good things?"
      Your idea is actually using fundamental economic theory in order to build up a society that has "nothing but an insatiable desire to do good things". So your question is really asking "is the result better than the method?"

      --"Would the effect of all the goodness, naturally bring an economically sound community?"
      Maybe, is the answer to that question. I have no knowledge of any study, or common knowledge that equates goodness to a sound economy. It would certainly make it easier, because people would be more willing to do their share in order to achieve the "goodness" they all irresistibly seek.

      -- "Eventually, the system would delete itself as the human mind advanced."
      This is a great assumption that our minds would evolve to be more naturally good, but it would take more than a "positive reinforcement program" to evolve the human mind in such a way.

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