|Thanks, Stephen! However ... |
It was a bit more complicated than that. It seems that "we" left Africa several times ... and returned at least once. A recent theory is that Melansian Islanders returned to Africa 30,000 years ago, bringing dark skin with them. And so, also, much of this mathematical modeling is important but irrelevant.
Perhaps our own migration out of Africa some 70,000 years ago helped to ensure that we would evolve into the cooperative creatures we are today.
The FCC Auction of 1994, I believe, was carried out according to the theories of John Nash. But everyone knew that. Ahead of time.
The Phoenecians perfected dumb barter. They would show up, be recognized, and haul out a bunch of goods. If the other side left an equitable amount of other stuff, then it was a done deal and they sailed off. If the other pile was not sufficient, the Phoenicians left what was there and waited for more. Then, it becomes like the "Tit of Tat."
I look to the origin of trade in the sea shells painted with red ochre, strung, and handed over presumably as gifts hundreds of miles from the sea. This seems to have begun in South Africa 30,000 years ago. Trade as ritual gift exchange continues today, which is at least one reason why both buyer and seller say "Thank you" rather than jeering "Sucker!" at each other even though - as we gloriously explain the operation of market economics - both sides gave up a lesser value for a greater value.
Personally, I think that human relations are more complicated than this. Jesus taught the value in altruist economics - your throwing bread at me in response to my throwing stones at you -- (and where is the market value in the throwing of stones?) We can point out the errors in altruism. However, millions of people disagree with us. We have to accept that as real - as real to humans as gravity is to matter. It is only that humans are more complicated than mere matter. So, some of us are gloriously selfish and revel in our self-interest.... others, not so much...
Just sayin' it's complicated.
(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 7/02, 5:10pm)