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It matters little whether we progress with understanding the diophantine approximation

Jared Diamond on the Lang-Huntington affair, 1987:

As to the relative importance of soft and hard science for humanity’s future, there can be no comparison.  It matters little whether we progress with understanding the diophantine approximation.  Our survival depends on whether we progress with understanding how people behave, why some societies become frustrated, whether their governments tend to become unstable, and how political leaders make decisions like whether to press a red button.

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