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You can never merely do one thing

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 25 November 2019

 



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You can never merely do one thing
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 233
Posted DateMonday 25 November 2019 14:41 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I just love this law - not just a law of ecology but of any complex system.
In 1963, the UC Santa Barbara ecologist and economist Garrett Hardin proposed his First Law of Ecology: “You can never merely do one thing.”

We operate in a world of multiple, overlapping connections, like a web, with many significant, yet obscure and unpredictable, relationships.

He developed second-order thinking into a tool, showing that if you don't consider “the effects of the effects,” you can't really claim to be doing any thinking at all.


In a complex system there are always unintended consequences.



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