Re: poly: selection mechanisms, etc.

From: Perry E. Metzger <>
Date: Fri Dec 05 1997 - 08:37:19 PST

Robin Hanson writes:
> I think we'd all be better off to avoid a meta discussion
> about list methods at the moment.

I actually find the discussion of meta-methods interesting for the
following reason: decision making processes and criteria are a big
part of our common areas of interest. Take, for example, market based
vs. voting based mechanisms for resource allocation, or the various
mechanisms that have been discussed for how to select books, movies
and other forms of entertainment based on the recommendations of those
who's tastes correlate with your own.

Although metadiscussion about the list itself would be boring (I
believe the extant mechanism is sufficient), the discussion of
selection and decision mechanisms is, I think, a fruitful one in
general, and in fact near to the heart of many of society's greatest
debates (such as the debate on collectivism vs. individualism.)

Received on Fri Dec 5 08:37:30 1997

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