None dare call it hubris: The limits of knowledge

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Abstract

The best way for progress is embracing the fixed limits imposed by the nature and recognizing them as explicit design criteria for moving forward with our knowledge production and organization. Indvidual limits are where an individual can operate out of self-interest, with community spirit and altruism as a motivating factor. Sociological limits develops in us special capabilities such as toolmaking, language, self-awareness, and abstract thought. Technological limits have expanded itself to the market lace and allowed industrialized societies to achieve high standards of living. Adaptive management acknowledges the limits of acquiring predictive understanding of complex systems. New ways are needed to conceive of the pursuit of knowledge and innovation, to understand and build political institutions at much lower cost and shorter run time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-32
Number of pages4
JournalIssues in science and technology
Volume23
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

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