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how do you think we can better utilize our intellectual capabilities in this modern age?

Science classifies our species as homo sapien or wise man honouring our minds, our intelligence as a species. But do we effective or even efficiently employ those 6 billion minds our species is now blessed with? No.

The principle forms of employment today simply involve the exchange of labour for wages and the vast majority of those jobs are service, assembly line and office work. Most of which simply involve a body performing repetitive and boring tasks that utilize only a fraction of our intellectual potential. Meanwhile hundreds of millions of equally 'wise men' and 'wise women' are abandoned to subsistence existences simply because their bodies are unemployable.

This "jobs" agenda that our politicians so often champion has only been with us for a few hundred years and was a direct result of the Industrial Revolution which required huge numbers of workers in order to run the machines and maintain the records of commerce.

However, scientific and technological advancements have already replaced human beings in hundreds, perhaps thousands, of labour based employment activities. And online shopping, automation and robotics are poised to take over more and more of our labour based tasks as we move ever forward. .

In other words, there are far more valuable and self-enriching activities human beings, today, can engage their incredible intellectual potential in than simply exchanging their labour for wages. In this Information and Communication Age it seems timely that we look at ways of finally employing all that intellectual capacity that the 6 billion human minds on this planet represent.

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We seem to still be split between those who cannot see beyond the status quo of a person's value being derived from their bodies exchanging labour for wages and those who welcome a future where our minds matter more. "know thy self" was a popular theme for the later group with a strong emphasis on a student focused educational system as being most desirable and leading to lives that are mindful and thereby meaningful.

It was most gratifying to see that empowerment, motivation and opportunity came up often as both consequences and purpose in a population that was fully engaging its mental capacities as priorities over simple employment and consumption. Personally I am all for empowerment, personal empowerment, and the premise that all else will benefit thereafter.

However, there was also strong support for the premise that first the political system must change before anything else will and few would disagree that such a change is long overdue. .

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  • Dec 14 2013: Reading through the comments, we must recognized the entanglements of capitalism. We live in a time where are human society has put a great focus on materialistic goods, instant gratification, and entitlements. Majority of us buy into a system of low-risk for reward. Hence, the mundane jobs. We come to accept our personal values is tied into our simplistic routine jobs, producing predictable outcomes for reward. This is scary because society has been condition to operate within a box.

    The ones that benefit are those willing to think outside the box, even to the point where they know how to capitalize on others who also try to think outside of the box. They learn to master economies of scale and take on more risk for more reward. With this said, they also understand how the rules of system work to point which they can be manipulated. Technology is only a tool, not a solution to a problem.

    For one problem solved, one is created. This is why capitalism works, it cycles on and on. The question is when will mankind wake up and capitalize on his or her creative mind, without being exploited along the way.
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      Dec 14 2013: I like the points you make George. However, the capitalism of which you speak is still a human made system of exchange and, as such, it is no more real or inevitable than we want it to be. And, like all human made systems, it too can be restructured or even replaced to become more relevant and less predatory if enough minds so desire.
      • Dec 14 2013: Agreed, actually my "theory on everything" explains that. However, I was only explaining current states of reality. It is us that sets perceived value on materialistic things. However, one of the biggest components of economics is scarcity which drives our decision making. Even if we could break from materialism there are those that capitalize on our basic needs. This mass change in belief implies no free will. That pure autonomy is needed for it to work.I hate it to break it to you, but there is no one size fits all system. There will always be dualities in any system, actual system are more entangled than two but that requires further explanation. In my findings in my theory no system can remain constant. I state anything can be manipulated, now do we have ability to do it at this time is another question.
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          Dec 14 2013: Which makes change less than predictable and any transition worthy of close monitoring

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