Written July 6th, 2017 — Published April 11th, 2019
We will repeat history by knowing it well, expecting the worst, and making it happen.
We are creatures that value the familiar, and we prefer outcomes we can predict. Rather than try something new, we often do what we have done before simply because we already know how it ends.
There is a time for experimenting and a time for predicting. Engineering and scientific research are not the same process. When you need predictable results, you don’t experiment. When you need to learn, you don’t do the same thing over and over again.
People everywhere are saying we’re at a crossroads in history. Is now the time to repeat the mistakes of the past, or experiment with something truly new, in hopes of learning something surprising and valuable about the resilience of our world?