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The madness of men

By Peter A Bell

I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of men Isaac Newton ”

SIR ISAAC Newton was not a man to readily admit bafflement at anything in nature. But even he was utterly bamboozled by the derangement that afflicts human beings when entranced by the prospect of gain without effort. There is, it seems, a defect lodged deep in the substance of human nature which makes us curiously susceptible to the allure of magic beans. Make the beans big enough and of a sufficiently alluring appearance, and we will happily trade our precious reason to possess them.

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