June 20, 2012

Some quotes from Yoshai Benkler's latest book: The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest Via my Kindle shared bookmarks feed, some seriously insightful stuff from one of my favorite intellectuals, Yoshai Benkler. "The shift toward a more optimistic, human, and humane view (of human society) —that we as individuals can be motivated to productive ends by engaging one another socially and creating collaborative relationships—extends far beyond the business world or the networked environment" "Through the work of hundreds of scientists, we have begun to see mounting evidence in psychology, organizational sociology, political science, experimental economics, and elsewhere that people are in fact more cooperative and selfless, or at least behave far less selfishly, than most economists and others previously assumed..." "In practically no human society examined under controlled conditions have the majority of people consistently behaved selfishly.. The promise of cooperation is not some silly utopian dream. It is grounded in some of the best work and most rigorous research in behavioral science" "When any relatively stable and coherent system—an economy, a country, or a community—suffers a shock, it leads to a new flexibility, a new openness to different ways of explaining our world and organizing our lives. This is the way we come to reexamine old practices, try new ones, and adapt to the changes happening around us..." Read this book here: The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest

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