Homo sapiens

During a seminar on climate change and optimal discount rates, professor Joseph Stiglitz reminds himself of an anecdote:

“Two planets meet. The first one asks: ‘How are you?’

‘Not so well,’ the second planet replies. ‘I’ve got the Homo sapiens.’

‘Don’t worry,’ the first planet says, ‘I’ve had it before. It doesn’t last long.'”

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