the economist and the anthropologist

There is a story about an economist and an anthropologist which goes something like that: The economist asks the anthropologist, ‘I see you know everyone in this village closely, but do you know anyone outside this village?’ ‘But explain to me,’ replies the anthropologist, ‘you know a little bit about everyone in the world, but do you know anyone at all?’

Economist Amartya Sen, in the foreword to anthropolist Devi Sridhar’s The Battle Against Hunger: Choice, Circumstance, and the World Bank (2008)

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