Hard Work as a Form of Courage

We are told that hard work is to be respected, admired even – a good work-ethic is considered a good character trait and one that should be instilled in children. But why is this the case? Evolutionarily, it seems to make sense that hard work led to survival and laziness led…

Our New Relationship to Mechanical Force

In their book “The Second Machine Age”, Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson claim that the Industrial Revolution brought on perhaps the biggest technological shift in the history of human existence. As the story goes, James Watt perfected the steam engine to give rise to steam trains, mills, factories and a…