Maybe we’re not doomed
This is prompted by Scott’s excellent article, Meditations on Moloch.
I might caricature (grossly unfairly) his post like this:
Map some central problems for humanity onto the tragedy of the commons.
Game theory says we’re doomed.
Incentives for government employees sometimes don’t match the needs of the people.
This has costs, and those costs help explain why some things that suck, suck.
Map some central problems for humanity onto the iterated prisoner’s dilemma.
Evolutionary game theory says we’re not doomed.