Thinking About Technocracy

Where to from here?

A difference between putting scientists in charge and governing by science…

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There’s a big difference between abdicating to scientists and using science to govern where it can be effective.   No serious person could expect scientists with little or no training or capacity in human arts to govern very effectively.  Of course scientists aren’t excluded from governing.

The point is that there are large numbers of fundamental variables that can serve as objective criteria by which to structure societies.  For example, we can look at carbon outputs or units of energy or other relevant factors for sustainable living.  These cannot be swept aside in favor of price systems that simply reward resources in a fashion that is sub-optimal for the commons.   It’s a fine a line.  We cannot believe in central planning as a means of solving human problems in detail.  But we can’t resolve to allow selfish ends that waste resources needed by the many.  Price will not reflect general needs because fungible exchange is only part of the answer to optimal outcomes.

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Written by ryanlanham

January 1, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Posted in Who rules?

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