Who knows where the wisdom goes?

  • The tendency of human institutions to ignore accumulating evidence. This tendency is not confined to environmental risk, it has also featured in the list of factors blamed for the financial crisis where risks lurked unobserved in the dark pools of banking. Bill speaks of it in the part of his report that deals with irrational exuberance (section 2.1.3).
  • The lack of proximity and connection between human institutions and the natural resource base on which they depend. The Fit Authors contend that the ‘separation of humans and nature has alienated society from its dependence on functional ecosystems and the support that they provide for social and economic development’.
  • Discontinuity in timescales, space and processes between human and natural systems that make simple correlations fall apart. In particular, the multi-nested, non-linear and unpredictable properties that change ecosystems over time present the most trouble for human management, which tends to understand the world as a series of boxes in which there is a hierarchy and processes that can be understood in a snapshot of time.

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