Quora – what idea explained would alter the world

What’s one scientific concept (if properly explained) that would improve everyone’s understanding of the world?

Evolution.

Everyone thinks it is all about competition, but that is less than half of it.

When considering complex systems (like ourselves) it is far truer to say that evolution is all about cooperation.

Complexity can only emerge from cooperative systems.

Competitive systems drive systems to some set of local minima on the complexity “landscape”.

And it is complex, because raw cooperation is always vulnerable to exploitation by cheating strategies, so requires sets of attendant strategies to remove “cheats” if it is to survive.

That is us in a nutshell – fundamentally cooperative, with many levels of systems that have over deep time detected and removed cheats.

Much of the logic underlying many of our current economic structures is based upon false premises. Greed is never good!

Wanting a lot, for self and everyone else, that is something entirely different, and entirely possible with automated technology.
And it must be done responsibly, in both social and ecological contexts.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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