Reconciling assholes for nearly a decade.

Is adaptation all there is?

http://edgeperspectives.typepad.com/edge_perspectives/2007/06/unanswered-ques.html

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Conventional wisdom holds that, in the absence of equilibrium, adaptation is the best strategy – we need to develop the capability to sense and respond to the changes going on around us.

While adaptation is certainly necessary it misses the real opportunity. With accelerating change and growing uncertainty, there are increasing opportunities to shape outcomes in ways that were simply not feasible in more stable times. In particular, these shaping strategies focus on generating positive incentives that can mobilize and align large numbers of other participants.
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Incentives create the niches into which people adapt. I don't think this has been missed as it explains a lot of the weirdness of the US tax system.
Permalink son of parnas 
July 3rd, 2007 1:34pm
No. Learning is expensive, and fallible. That which will always be needed by a species becomes innate quite quickly.
Permalink Send private email heartsheep 
July 3rd, 2007 1:59pm
This edge stuff is stupid pseudoscience. Do you work for them or what? You're always spamming that stuff here, trying to get us to pick up this fatuous propaganda as the Next Great Meme.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 3rd, 2007 2:54pm
> You're always spamming that stuff here,

I think it's interesting. If you don't then just ignore it, along with muppet.
Permalink son of parnas 
July 3rd, 2007 3:01pm
OK, that's fine.

But maybe consider posting stuff from some other blog sources as well. I know we do reddit a lot here, but at least it is somewhat varied.

These edge people are obviously trying very hard, too hard I think, to be the next big thing, which turns me off to it. It's like hearing about how great Giuliani and Clinton and Obama are every day. We hear about them because they are promoting themselves, not because they are saying anything fresh. OK, edge is new and fresh, but it's all the same stuff and every article I see on it is just completely flawed, not based on real science, but is like some sort of UFO cult propaganda.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 3rd, 2007 3:17pm
> But maybe consider posting stuff from some other blog sources as well.

I do. This article simply has a series of questions that I thought would be interesting to tackle. That's why there's multiple posts. There are multiple questions. One per day when I remember. See?
Permalink son of parnas 
July 3rd, 2007 3:19pm
OK, so some people do 'adapt' to incentives in unexpected ways, as Joel has said. Reward LOC and you get more LOC, etc.

It's more a change in behavior though and is not really an 'adaptation' of a genome that happens as 'weak' mutations die off and 'strong' mutations thrive.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 3rd, 2007 3:31pm

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