OT: Selfish drivers slow themselves down

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Tony Raven, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. Tony Raven

    Tony Raven Guest

    OT because its more about transport policy but has links with Naked
    Streets etc. and positive implications for cyclists.

    Article in Scientific American that being selfish as a driver and trying
    to optimise things for yourself actually means you make slower progress
    than if you work cooperatively with others to benefit the entire group.

    http://bit.ly/k8DlV

    Tony
     
    Tony Raven, Mar 2, 2011
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    bugbear Guest

    Tony Raven wrote:
    > OT because its more about transport policy but has links with Naked
    > Streets etc. and positive implications for cyclists.
    >
    > Article in Scientific American that being selfish as a driver and trying
    > to optimise things for yourself actually means you make slower progress
    > than if you work cooperatively with others to benefit the entire group.
    >
    > http://bit.ly/k8DlV


    Surely that's just a corollary of
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tragedy_of_the_commons

    BugBear
     
    bugbear, Mar 2, 2011
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    Adam Lea Guest

    On 02/03/11 14:25, Tony Raven wrote:
    > OT because its more about transport policy but has links with Naked
    > Streets etc. and positive implications for cyclists.
    >
    > Article in Scientific American that being selfish as a driver and trying
    > to optimise things for yourself actually means you make slower progress
    > than if you work cooperatively with others to benefit the entire group.
    >
    > http://bit.ly/k8DlV
    >
    > Tony


    I suspect that happens generally in life as well, in that societies
    where people look out for each other have a higher sense of wellbeing
    and quality of life than societies where people are selfish and insular.
     
    Adam Lea, Mar 2, 2011
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    Matt B Guest

    On 02/03/2011 14:25, Tony Raven wrote:
    > OT because its more about transport policy but has links with Naked
    > Streets etc. and positive implications for cyclists.
    >
    > Article in Scientific American that being selfish as a driver and trying
    > to optimise things for yourself actually means you make slower progress
    > than if you work cooperatively with others to benefit the entire group.
    >
    > http://bit.ly/k8DlV


    Tony, that links to a fairly old article (Jan 2009) - which, IIRC, we
    have discussed before. Have you only just come across it, was it the
    wrong link, or did you have another reason for posting it?

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    Matt B
     
    Matt B, Mar 3, 2011
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  5. Tony Raven

    bugbear Guest

    Matt B wrote:
    > On 02/03/2011 14:25, Tony Raven wrote:
    >> OT because its more about transport policy but has links with Naked
    >> Streets etc. and positive implications for cyclists.
    >>
    >> Article in Scientific American that being selfish as a driver and trying
    >> to optimise things for yourself actually means you make slower progress
    >> than if you work cooperatively with others to benefit the entire group.
    >>
    >> http://bit.ly/k8DlV

    >
    > Tony, that links to a fairly old article (Jan 2009) - which, IIRC, we
    > have discussed before.


    You have a very partial memory for threads :)

    BugBear
     
    bugbear, Mar 3, 2011
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