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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The divisiveness of specialization

The most profound differences between human beings arise from the divergent demands of specialization. The greater the deviation from shared general norms, the more compelling the specific idiosyncratic needs become and the more tension is created between the specialist and the general population. (For an example of a case where an entire population specializes into two different, if complementary, modes, consider sexual dimorphism.)

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