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Re: [ProgSoc] software and food recipes

On Thu, 10 May 2001, Matt wrote:

> you're statement here is based on the assumption of scarcity. in the
> intellectual realm there is no such thing as scarcity. if i tell you

Scarcity of ideas? No, they are infinite. But bringing ideas into reality

> zero sum gain system. so therefore holding back something you know
> from other people is either a) greedy or b) childish. in the greedy

(a) is correct, (b) probably not.

(a) is not because you are benefitting from someone's ignorance, its from
your skill and ingenuity to bring it to light before anyone else, and thus
are rewarded for winning the race.

> would not want to share with others even though it does you no harm
> because it makes you feel self important that you know something that
> others don't.

The harm is lost profits or not being able to work your ideas without
competitors. Even you can do the simple maths.

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