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When the Universe Pays Attention To You

Thursday, July 31, 2008
Have you ever been considering an intellectual problem, and start to see examples of it everywhere? Lately I've been contemplating the way I make decisions - and by that I mean the basic strategy I use when trying to decide what to do. It's predictable that I'd notice the instances of decision-making processes in people's behavior, since the idea is on my mind. But I'm not talking about the thing where you buy a car and notice that car everywhere, or want a puppy and notice lots of puppies. In the last few days I've repeated encountered intellectual discussions about decision-making - in Paul Krugman's recent editorial on the rationality of doing something about global warming, in a book I'm reading about John Rawls, with McCain's basic (only?) argument that Obama isn't a "safe" choice, and in discussions about what we did do in Iraq and might do in Iran. I might post more about the substance of my thinking in a day or so - but in the meantime I just thought it was worth pointing out there's a strange synchronicity about life.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 1:48 PM
  • Me, I'd see it as me finally paying attention to what the universe is telling us all.

    By Blogger Belle, at 4:06 PM  
  • Ha! I suppose that's a bit less egotistical way to look at it. :)

    By Blogger Arbitrista, at 4:21 PM  
  • What Krugman and other political analysts, as well as politicians, are noticing is that we are reaching a divergence point: the decisions we make in the short-term will have long-term consequences because we are in the transition period between economic, international, and environmental fundamentals. Economically we are transitioning from energy abundance to energy scarcity because of the rise of China and India. Internationally, we are transitioning from 50 years of bi-polarity and uni-polarity to multi-polarity because the uni-polar power has overstretched its resources. Environmentally, we are transitioning from low-impact human activity (only 1 global economic power) in a resilient climate to high-impact human activity (at least 3 global economic powers) in a vulnerable climate (polar ice caps melting, climate change). Our national political capacities have proven inadequate to address these shifts, and so everyone is trying to figure out the best way to approach these problems. Rawls is a natural source for solutions because he bases his entire theory of justice on decision mechanisms (the most just system is the most fair system, but how do we define fairness?). It's nice that you are finally noticing this trend.

    By Blogger Marriah, at 4:40 PM  
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