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The Cultural Pyramid Scheme

Speculative analysis by the Maslow-Ponzi method

The scheme developed by the pioneering American psychologist Abraham Maslow presents a hierarchy of human needs. Classical Maslow’s pyramid (first introduced in 1943) has five levels: the lowest, primal level is formed by physiological needs (food, shelter, sex, sleep etc.), whereas at the top thrones self-actualization, realization of one's full potential.
Maslow's construction has many questionable aspects, it has been often denounced. Interestingly, however, the discussion about the Maslow scheme has not paid much attention to the most obvious - that it is a pyramid scheme.

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