How to solve a carbon dating problem
The market economy is very good at what it does, which is something like “exploit money-making opportunities” or “pick low-hanging fruit in the domain of money-making”.
If you see a bill lying on the sidewalk, today is your lucky day.
Or: suppose you think that US cities don’t have good mass transit.
But if lots of people want better mass transit and are willing to pay for it, this is a great money-making opportunity.
No doctor had any good ideas about what to do at this point.
Consider a freshman biology student reading her textbook who suddenly feels like she’s had a deep insight into the structure of DNA, easily worthy of a Nobel. For all of them to miss a brilliant insight sitting in freshman biology would be the same failure as everybody missing a on the floor of Grand Central, or all of Wall Street missing an easy opportunity to make money off of Google, or every entrepreneur missing a great market opportunity for a Thai restaurant.
So without her finding any particular flaw in her theory, she can be pretty sure that it’s wrong – or else already discovered.
Eliezer did some digging, found that existing light boxes were still way less bright than the sun, and jury-rigged a much brighter version.
This brighter light box cured Brienne’s depression when the conventional treatment had failed.