General Science and Philosophy


Adam Smith: An Intellectual Giant Ignored in Latin-America

Authors: Guillermo A Rios

This philosophical essay contrasts the difference in industrial/social development between the Latin-American nations and those of the developed First World, and attributes the origin of such differences to the lack of relevance that the teaching of Adam Smith have been given in those nations by their Academia and political classes. It starts with a good summary of Smith economic ideas as expressed in his book "The Wealth of Nations." Then some of those ideas are extrapolated, such as analyzing the survival value of the "trading gene" present in our species and no other (as Adam Smith keenly observed,) and also introducing the conception of modeling world wide trading as a artificial neural network, leading to the concept of human "supraintelligence" as the product of such network. Also, the philosophical battle against those that along history have sought to equate poverty with virtue, is examined, as well as the philosophical duel at the times of the Economics Enlightenment between Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire, another intellectual giant rather ignored by Latin-American Academia. At the end we retake Adam Smith ideas as the conclusion of such philosophical duel.

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