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Scott Santens

Basic Income and Soylent

Vouchers prevent choices. UBI creates choices.

Many of you reading this already know this, but for those who don't, I have a crowdfunded basic income. This means that I start every month with $1,000 as my absolute minimum for the month no matter what. I'm free to then earn any amount on top of that $1,000, but I never earn less than that in any given month. That's a basic . . .

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March 08, 2017

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

Olympians and the Great Myth of Meritocracy

Our playing fields aren't level but they can be more level with basic income

The Olympics provides a great opportunity to take a closer look at the popular myth of meritocracy, where winners come out on top thanks to hard work and losers simply just weren’t good enough. That the discussion during this most recent Olympics has been centered so much around performance-enhancing drugs really drives this point home in a . . .

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August 11, 2016

"What do we do about drug users with basic incomes?"

The question of UBI and addictive behavior

Any discussion about basic income and drug use first needs to be informed by learning more about drug users and their actual behavior.

To start with, please first read this: The Rational Choices of Crack Addicts

[Dr. Carl Hart] hoped to find a neurological cure to addiction, some mechanism for blocking that dopamine activity in the brain so . . .

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March 27, 2015

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