Yaneer Bar-Yam Quotes

Who is Yaneer Bar-Yam?

Yaneer Bar-Yam is an American scientist specialized in complex systems and pandemics.

Born January 01, 1959

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“Biology considers us as biological entities, economics as economic entities. We are not just biological or economic entities. We have friends and family to care for, and unique contributions that may or may not be part of the economy.”

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“Although Darwin’s theory of evolution discusses how the fitter offspring tend to survive, the reality is that whether or not an offspring will survive is mostly a function of chance due to the many possible wrong choices that exist for each right choice. Higher complexity organisms have more behavioral options, which in turn enables them to make more right choices.”

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“A technique I’ve found particularly helpful for dealing with this distraction trap is the 'ten-minute rule'. If I find myself wanting to check my phone as a pacification device when I can’t think of anything better to do, I tell myself it’s fine to give in, but not right now. I have to wait just ten minutes. This technique is effective at helping me deal with all sorts of potential distractions, like googling something rather than writing, eating something unhealthy when I’m bored, or watching another episode on Netflix when I’m 'too tired to go to bed'.”


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