Gregory Clark's theory
of how the Industrial Revolution came about is indeed 'delightfully provocative': a form of evolution may have played a much greater role than previously thought. But count little old Hub Blog among the impressed-but-skeptical as well. How does evolution explain the quick industrial rise of Korea and other Asian countries? Did evolution suddenly kick in and -- poof! -- you have the Irish Tiger economy? Evolution plays a vital role in most everything. But technological, societal and political advances and institutions also play a role. Just ask Zimbabweans. ... Reminds me of the old 'nurture vs. nature' debate. I tend to brush aside such discussions -- usually brought up amid tears after a busted marriage or relationship -- with a curt, 'It's both!' ... I'm so understanding. ... And that's Hub Blog's official socioeconomic post of the week.