I was starting to reply to the Hazlet thread and realized my post would be thread hijacking so I started this thread. "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins pointed out in 1976 that all living things including humans act to maximize the number of their great-grandchildren. "Generations" by Strauss & Howe (1991) using USG data demonstrated that this drive for great grandchildren creates a four generation cycle in humans with great economic and political impact. Adam Smith in 1776 pointed out the human drive for ever more specialized labor as a pack/team species aids productivity. This also ties into breeding as in all members of rock bands, football teams and companies enjoy at least some improvement in mating opportunities as their team does better. Economic competition is used by many species including humans to reduce the violence of selection. I was wondering how many people find the economic analysis used on the board deeply flawed because it does not include such factors in explanations?