Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Experts Don't Always Know Best

Here is a pretty good example of how central command decision making isn't always the best way to go.

Cats, rabbits, rats, and mice get onto a previously "pristine" island. The cats threaten the native seabirds. In a bid to eradicate the "invasive" species, human experts decide to kill all the cats. The rabbits eat all the vegetation. And now the seabirds are dying off even faster because the vegeation that gave them cover is gone.

Rather than allow adaptation, natural evolutionary innovation, or have just gone in and killed all the small mammals at once, the experts messed up.

That's just one decision on how to manage one tiny island in the pacific. There are "experts" who want to take countrol of chaotic/organic systems such as the Climate or the Economy of whole nations/the world.


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