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79 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 10 April 2009 01:58AM

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Comment author: SoullessAutomaton 10 April 2009 08:30:05PM 3 points [-]

I don't think humans were designed to spend 40 hours a week doing such things as sitting in a cubicle or waiting tables.

You are probably correct, and there is some research to support this; unfortunately, I don't have easily-availible references and can't turn anything up quickly on Google. If memory serves me, the short version is: individual productivity per hour is optimized with a shorter workweek and longer workdays. Total productivity per person peaks at a little over a 40-hour work week and also longer workdays.