Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Further Thoughts on Pimps & Trolls

All human systems, like biological systems, are complex ecosystems, intricate webs of cooperation and competition - of predation, symbiosis, parasitism, and the like. In both cases, novelty - whether due to the admixture of individuals from separately evolving, isolated populations, or due to the mutative creation of new types - can have devastating effects on a stable ecosystem, though it also can have hugely beneficial effects for the innovator.

Liberals and conservatives differ in that the hubris of conservatives (in failing to value environmental protection over economic development) is in imagining we can safely manipulate the biological kind of ecosystem, while the hubris of liberals is in imagining we can safely manipulate the human kind of ecosystem.

4 comments:

  1. Interesting observation. People in general have a bias in favor of central planning, and often greatly overestimate the ability of humans to control complex systems such as the environment and the economy.

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  2. Hubris and delusion, the fuels that keep the rackety bus on the road.

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  3. "People in general have a bias in favor of central planning, and often greatly overestimate the ability of humans to control complex systems such as the environment and the economy."

    +1 internets for Stacy. I think this illusion of control is especially unfortunate when it's used to rationalize coercion as an instrument to achieve an outcome that is not actually achievable by humans.

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  4. I think you vastly overestimate the differences between liberals and conservatives.

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