Eugenics, Evolution, and Enron

According to this rumination, the vicious traders seen in Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room are a perfect metaphor for why trying to direct evolution is a bad idea. He relates cutting low performing employees to removing chickens from a group who don’t produce as many eggs:

In short, selecting individual chickens for increased productivity in a group environment didn’t select for increased productivity. Instead, it selected for mean chickens. The result was an overall reduction in productivity. Only by selecting at the group level was productivity increased.

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