A source of unintended consequences is error. But where do errors come from? What kinds of errors are there? What can we do to minimize exposure to error?
Both religion and disease rely on certain patterns of human behavior to extend their reach.
Our approach to mosquitoes and the diseases they spread shows how little we understand about both.
Exploring the different facets of ignorance in our lives and our world, and what to do about it.
A look at what enduring technologies and strategies WWI gave an opportunity to arise.
Let’s look into how disease impacts us with unintended consequences.
Some destruction is accidental. Some is intentional. Destruction works in different ways. And for different reasons.
Second-order effects are everywhere — even in the choice of what we eat.
How did we get here? And where might we go?
Examples of top-down decisions that changed food supplies (and more) in unexpected ways. Results include mass starvation, possibly the plague, and warehouses of moldy cheese.
How did this plant move from being a solution to a problem?
One less discussed type of unintended consequence is the “self-defeating prophecy,” or “self-negating prediction,” where the existence of a prediction or belief ultimately leads to the opposite of what is expected.
More recently, governments developed environmental protection regulations to protect endangered species. These regulations have had second-order effects.
Intentional introduction of species for food. Rabbits in Australia. Feral pigs in the Americas. Unintended consequences abound.
Unintended consequences come about when a change, believed to improve the current situation, actually makes the situation worse.
A lot has been written about this, but I have come to the opposite conclusion than most writers.