Current Reading

This blog is primarily for me to blog my responses to books that I'm reading. Sometimes I blog about other stuff too, though.

I'm currently re-reading Systems of Survival by Jane Jacobs.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Musing on the Hawthorne Effect

The Hawthorne Effect is simultaneously the greatest indictment of efforts toward systematic and sweeping change and the greatest tribute to human nature.  It is an indictment of systematic efforts because it tells us that most things will not work as well as the pilot projects that had passionate people involved in something that they truly believed would work.  It is a tribute to human nature because it tells us that if people think they're doing something that matters they'll do better.

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