Archive for the ‘Cooperate’ Category

The Scientist’s Paradox

September 13, 2007

Scientists collaborate to increase their productivity.

Scientists compete for recognition.

While scientists are competing for recognition, that recognition comes from the very people they are competing against!

So science presents us with the curious paradox of an enterprise that is simultaneously competitive and cooperative.

— Extracted from The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki

What distinguishes a society from just a bunch of people living together?

August 4, 2007

Answer: Cooperation

It is cooperation that distinguishes a society from just a bunch of people living together.

What is cooperation?

Cooperation is contributing to the common good (sometimes at the expense of one’s own self-interest).

For example, when you volunteer to take an “action item” at a meeting you are doing so not in your own self-interest, but rather in the interest of the group.  You are cooperating.

Contributing to a charity is another example of cooperating.  It doesn’t benefit you, but it benefits society as a whole.

Cooperation, on both a small and large scale permeates any healthy society.  It is what distinguishes a society from just a bunch of people living together.

— The above is a summary of a portion of The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki