Nick, it seems to me that life accentuates both positives and negatives. Could you run a simulation along the following lines:

You start with 100 marbles of four colors. You randomly pick two marbles from the bin. Say a green and a black. You put the green back in the bin with 4 more greens (104 greens) and you keep the black out of the bin and you remove four more blacks (95 blacks).

You repeat, picking two more marbles. If you happened to pick a black and a green the black would go back plus 4 more (99 blacks) and the green would say out plus 4 more (99 greens).

Repeat. If you next picked a red and a black you would end up with 104 reds and 94 blacks.

Repeat for a total of 1000 times where the odds of picking any particular color are based on the number of marbles of that color in the bin in proportion to the total number of all marbles in the bin.

What would the final distribution be?

I suggest this test because the rich not only get richer, the poor also get poorer.

Would you be willing to try this scenario, or something like it designed to deal with both positive and negative feedback, and let me know the result?

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