Competition for Co-Evolution

June 30, 2011 Leave a comment

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I’ve been sitting with a story I just heard relayed by Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris, systems and evolutionary biologist. (If you are interested in a great and uplifting podcast, check out the full interview, entitled “From Caterpillars to Butterflies.”)

Dr. Sahtouris was attending a basketball game in China and was seated next to a Chinese man who cheered wildly after the first basket of the game was scored. When the other team scored its first basket, he cheered with equal enthusiasm. He continued to do this for each basket scored by either team.  Finally, Dr. Sahtouris turned to the man and asked, “Which team is yours?”  The man replied, “What do you mean?”  Dr. Sahtouris said, “Well, which team do you want to win?”  He replied, “What difference does it make?”  To which she replied, “Well, why are you pitting two teams against one another?” He responded, “To drive excellence.  We applaud the excellence wherever it happens.”

Same game, different frame . . .

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