Quora – Is diversity our greatest strength?

Quora – Is diversity our greatest strength?

Redirect – Is diversity our greatest strength?

If the fundamental social/philosophical context is cooperative – then yes.

If the fundamental social context is competitive (eg founded in market based economics) – then no.

Games theory is actually quite clear. Competitive contexts always drive systems to some set of minima on the available “complexity landscape” – translated into practice, that means minimising diversity.

Only in cooperative contexts is diversity free to expand – which translated into another way of looking at it means, that only in fundamentally cooperative contexts can there be any real freedom (freedom to explore new domains) generally.

Competitive contexts will, in practice, reduce the options available to most to some minimal set.

The idea currently dominant in many circles, that free markets are the bastion of individual liberty is actually wrong. About as wrong as any idea can possibly be.

And it is deeply complex, there is no gross simplification that actually gives reliable answers.

There is a very real sense in which diversity is required for our long term survival, and in which market based incentives are now posing direct long term threat in the many ways that they are tending to restrict such diversity.

And that too is deeply complex, as there must always be real limits on freedom if it is to survive in reality; and exactly where those limits lie is an eternally changing and uncertain function – all simple approximations will necessarily be wrong in essential and important ways.

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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