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A little parable about the need for ethics when you don't know what you're doing - Input Junkie
January 13th, 2010
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A little parable about the need for ethics when you don't know what you're doing
The True Story of Atlantis

If you prefer a true version, try Protected from Myself.

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From:en_ki
Date:January 13th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
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Second link's missing the http:// bit.
From:nancylebov
Date:January 13th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
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Corrected. Thanks.
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From:bugsybanana
Date:January 13th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm reminded of Gresham's Law, but that may be the business school talking.
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From:siderea
Date:January 13th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Well, that makes two of us. :) I'm not sure it's the same mechanism (though I'm not sure it isn't) but they sure do look similar in outcomes.

I'm a systems dynamicist by training. A whole lot of things in the world look like that.
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From:nancylebov
Date:January 14th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
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It's hard to say whether the pearls are artificially overvalued. The pearls being from the seven oceans is of great value to the leviathan, but humans have to take that importance on trust.

The hard thing about drawing a moral from the story is that sometimes the rules you don't understand are crucial protections, and sometimes they're guesswork, and sometimes they're bullying.
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From:siderea
Date:January 14th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
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A lot of people have drawn a lot of morals from that story, but as of yet, no one proferred the conclusion, "Boy, it sure is important to understand the systems you are in so you can make good decisions." You'd think someone would say that, if only fliply.

In fact, in an alarming contrary, most folks' morals seem to be attempts to avoid needing to understand systems. So striking is that trend, I'm set aback by it. It strongly suggests a rather widespread and rather deep-seated emotional resistance either to knowing or needing to know about systems.
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