In his excellent new book Life After Capitalism (review coming soon), George Gilder routinely states an essential truth: knowledge is wealth. The inputs to everything we have and enjoy in modern times have always been with us, but we’ve only been able to transform them into staggering luxuries thanks to knowledge. As Gilder points out, when we buy gasoline for our cars we’re purchasing knowledge. Figure that the fuel has been around for billions of years, perpetually unused.

It’s something to think about with the exciting news about advances in the battle against paralysis. The Washington Post’s Daniel Gilbert reported yesterday that scientists and neurosurgeons “have implanted electronic devices into the brain and spinal cord of a paralyzed man that communicate wirelessly, enhancing his ability to walk and enabling him to climb stairs.” Stop and think about that.

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