Assume a Perfect World

Assume a Perfect World Objects in the Rear-View Mirror Are Larger An Imaginary Recession Peace in Our Time? Government Spending Per Household Exceeds Median Household Income What Do You Want It to Be? Las Vegas, Singapore, San Francisco, and Carlsbad An engineer, a chemist, and an economist are stranded on a deserted island. They are starving, when miraculously they find a box filled with canned food. What to do? They consider the problem, bringing their collective lifetimes of study and discipline to the task. Being the practical, straightforward sort, the engineer suggests that they simply find a rock and hit the cans until they break open. “No, no!” cry the chemist and economist, “we would spill too much food and the birds would get it!” After a bit of thought, the chemist recommends that they start a fire and heat the cans. The pressure in the cans will force them open and the food will conveniently already be heat...

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