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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Three Types of Human Commodity

Here's a snippet of information others may be interested in:

Michael Tomasello of The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology argues that there are three types of human commodity.
  • Goods
  • Services
  • Information
He cites examples for each one:
  • An old lady asks you for some money on the side of the street
  • An old lady asks you to help her cross the road
  • An old lady asks you for directions
Notice how all three scenarios would surely produce different feelings in the hypothetical individual in inquisition. Now think about which one most people would be most apt to engage in. For most, the third scenario seems most susceptible.

What does this tell us?

Humans are an information giving species who would rather tell one about something as opposed to giving or doing for them. What other conclusions can we derive from this?

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