Wicked Problems of Modernity ft. Garrett Dailey

  • Complex / multiple variables
  • Compounding / each variable plays off the other variables
  • Plain ole hard / requiring lots of effort and energy to fix
  • High-risk / In searching for a solution you will likely mess up
  • Evolving / With each failed attempt to solve the problem, new levels of complexity/compounding difficulty emerge — i.e. the problem gets worse
  • Memetic / With each unsolved instance of the problem, it can cause other people to enter the problem
  • Catastrophic / If enough people enter the loop of the wicked problem, it can cause a cascading failure of systems, which can create other wicked problems.
  • Before farming there was no property
  • Before farming the limits of a “ruling class” would be over a group of near-equally strong human males at a maximum amount of 150 (Dunbar’s Number). This ability to rule was based on ability to collaborate in the hunt, and nothing else.
  • Before farming, people ate mostly meat. After farming they began eating carbs.
  • Before farming, humans would be in harmony with the Earth. After farming entire supply chains and natural resource extraction operations had to be put in place to support global agriculture. This is exacerbated today where an unfathomable amount of pollution is emitted simply to make sure each McDonnalds has enough pickles.
  • Before farming humans were nomadic. After farming they became more territorial, and thus more war-like
  • Before farming children were not expected to labor in unnatural ways for long hours, after farming they have been (even in today’s age, school could be seen as a form of this, with minimal effectiveness at the public level).
  • Before farming people did not believe they were the masters of time and death.



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Bradley Werrell

Bradley Werrell


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