William P. Barnett

The fear of being a fool is stronger than the hope of being a genius. So we tend to shy away from non-consensus moves, because we understand the world will look at our errors as if we’re a complete idiot.

The Red Queen among Organizations: How Competitiveness Evolves

There’s a scene in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass in which the Red Queen, having just led a chase with Alice in which neither seems to have moved from the spot where they began, explains to the perplexed girl: “It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” Evolutionary biologists have used this scene to illustrate the evolutionary arms … [ Read more ]