Diversity is hard

Jenny Mackness, Jan 12, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Nice discussion of some of the recent concerns raised by danah boyd (covered in OLDaily here). One of the core arguments revolves around diversity. Diversity is hard, notes Jenny Mackness, because of our tendency to break into self-reinforcing homogeneous groups. Citing Paul Cilliers she notes "An abundance of difference is not a convenience, it is a necessity. Complex systems cannot be what they are without it, and we cannot understand them without the making of profuse distinctions." She notes, "Respect for differences and an understanding of diversity is a key ethical rule for complex systems." I don't see this so much as an ethical principle as I do it as an epistemic principle.

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