We design human nature by designing the institutions within which people live and work

We design human nature by designing the institutions within which people live and work.

Barry SchwartzThe way we think about work is broken.

The thing about science — natural science — is that we can spin fantastic theories about the cosmos, and have complete confidence that the cosmos is completely indifferent to our theories. It’s going to work the same damn way no matter what theories we have about the cosmos. But we do have to worry about the theories we have of human nature, because human nature will be changed by the theories we have that are designed to explain and help us understand human beings.

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  1. « We design human nature by the very information to which we submit them to. The language we give them, the depth, the range of its vocabulary, narrows the thought. » – Anonymous

    « Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. » – 1984, George Orwell

    Oui, les institutions jouent. Elles ne sont cependant pas les seules.

    Une seule solution (non, pas la sodomisation, je vous vois venir, c’est bien une rime, mais c’est rarement une solution) : développer vocabulaire et esprit critique pour pouvoir exprimer sa nature véritable. 🙂

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