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Scott Santens

Human Park: A Mammal's Guide to Stress-Free Living

My latest feature-length article as seen in XY Magazine

I published a new article today on Medium titled "Human Park: A Mammal's Guide to Stress-Free Living". A shortened version of this same article is one of the feature articles in the 50th issue of XY Magazine, now available online and in Barnes & Noble stores nationwide.

The article itself is focused around the biology of . . .

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October 07, 2016

Giving Goods vs. Giving Money

A story of eggs, cash, and basic income

I love watching documentaries and one of my recent favorites on Netflix, aside from Noam Chomsky's "Requiem for the American Dream", is "Poverty, Inc." I highly recommend just watching the entire film yourself, but there is one story from it that is one of my new favorites to share onward, and that's the story by . . .

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July 01, 2016

Robin Hoodwinked: How Billion Dollar Powerballs Reflect 21st Century Inequality

New feature-length article on Medium

My latest longform piece on Medium is now available to read and it's titled "Robin Hoodwinked: How Billion Dollar Powerballs Reflect 21st Century Inequality".

Introduction:

Back in 2015, I drove past the same sign I drive past daily, but looked at it with fresh eyes. It was a Powerball sign and it suddenly struck me how it was . . .

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January 19, 2016

Who Wants a Free Sample of Basic Income?

"My Basic Income" raffling in Germany, The Netherlands, and Now the United States

One thing I've learned so far in observing the world increasingly discuss the idea of basic income, is that this discussion, as is true with any discussion, can be like the Telephone Game. A reported fact can be tweeted, blogged, shared, re-reported, re-blogged,re-shared, and suddenly the world is talking like the first person said . . .

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January 06, 2016

Reddit, Robots, and Resources

Why I got into the idea of basic income and how we can go about implementing it

(The following is an edited transcript from my appearance on the Robot Overlordz podcast adapted for article form. You can read the original unedited transcript and also listen to the show in full here. A big thank you to Mike Johnston and Matt Bolton for the raw transcript and for having me on their show!)

The Origins of My Interest

I've . . .

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April 06, 2015

Guess What Happened When Liberia Tested a Pilot Program of Cash Transfers to the Extreme Poor in Bomi

Further evidence of the potential of basic income

I'm always on the lookout for more scientific evidence of what happens when people are provided cash incomes unconditionally. Recently I found something new, a pilot program tested in Bomi and Maryland Counties in Liberia that started in 2009 and ended in late 2014. Implemented by the Liberian Ministry of Gender and Development with . . .

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February 23, 2015

Is It Actually Possible to Live on a Basic Income of $12,000 Per Year?

(in the United States)

As you may already know, I'm actively crowdfunding a basic income of $12,000 per year, and am currently about 20% of the way there. (Thank you, Patreon patrons!) I chose this amount because I advocate the starting level of a basic income guarantee in the U.S. be set here, defined as being just above the poverty level (in 2015).

One of the . . .

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February 16, 2015

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