Monday, July 11, 2005

Co-operation and Competition - neccesary twins

One of Tom Atlee's thoughts is sticking in my head this week, although I'm not yet sure where it will lead.

Growing Together at the Emerging Edge of Evolution: "complexity, cooperation, competition and intelligence are deeply intertwined".

He then follows up with:


  • Competition BETWEEN life-forms stimulates cooperation WITHIN them.

  • A cooperative life system can allow competition to safely flourish within it.



This, to me, makes so much more sense than either the "competition is the best way to drive forth progress" or the "everyone should live together in peace and harmony" views. Competition and co-operation produce each other. But simultaneously, both keep each other in check. Accepting this can lead to some important insight, I think: To generate one, look to the other.

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