And then what?

Experts, be  they economists, ecologists or  linguists,
have been aptly described as  individuals who know more
and  more  about  less  and  less.  Since the world is too
complex  for our minds  to  remember every detail and to
easily encompass  the whole,  experts employ  filters to set
aside  certain  dimensions  of  reality as trivial or as
something  to  be  dealt  with by another expert. Since
different filters alter the total picture of  reality  in different
ways,  we  need  to  know  the  characteristics of the
intellectual   filters used by experts as well as by ourselves
in  solving  problems.

“Experts, be  they economists, ecologists or  linguists, have been aptly described as  individuals who know more and  more  about  less  and  less.  Since the world is too complex  for our minds  to  remember every detail and to easily encompass  the whole, experts employ  filters to set aside  certain  dimensions  of  reality as trivial or as something  to  be  dealt  with by another expert. Since different filters alter the total picture of  reality  in different ways,  we  need  to  know  the  characteristics of the intellectual   filters used by experts as well as by ourselves in  solving  problems.”

“since we cannot do just one thing we must always ask and answer the question and then what? when we  try  to  ascertain  the  benefits  and costs of proposed courses of action on both the individualas well as social levels. The ecological systems way of thinking  employs  modern  scientific   theories  and knowledge  to  study  a  world  of  interlocking  processes characterized by many reciprocal cause-effect pathways.The ecological systems way of thinking has to become an integral  part of the thinking of the well-educated person if we are to adequately control technology rather than fall victim  to  the  forces  we  generate  and are unable or unwilling to control. Ecological systems thinking provides well-educated persons with the opportunity to act more rationally, because they have learned a more comprehensive and more accurate way of estimating  the probable costs and benefits of their actions.”

Source: Book reveiw: Filters against folly by Garrett Hardin

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