• Ecologies of Judgement

    by  • February 23, 2011 • Everything Else • 1 Comment

    It doesn’t matter how brilliant and benign an authoritarian ruler is, having one person’s aesthetic judgment form the basis for a civilization is always going to be intensely restrictive, self-limiting and ugly. Nobody’s vision scales.

    This is a fundamental, non-negotiable reason we need a genuine pluralism in which many kinds of talent combine, on a dynamic footing, to create the world.

    It’s aesthetics which are the absolute limit on power, not simply rights.

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    Vinay Gupta is a consultant on disaster relief and risk management.


    One Response to Ecologies of Judgement

    1. February 23, 2011 at 3:27 am

      Ecologies of Judgement! That’s a great term! I’ve been looking for this for a while, thanks!

      This describes how elites of all kinds make bad judgments based on being rewarded for their mistakes and lack of perception. For instance the ecology of judgement within capitalism rewards people for sociopathic tendencies and for creating and maintaining unsustainable practices.

      Only by tracing the ecologies of judgement surrounding any social organization can we trace the underlying field of decisions and rewards that lead to that organization’s outcomes.

      Decisions are made within a social ecology of judgement.

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