Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Canavan’s Razor

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A system whose behavior appears to be irrational is simply serving some purpose other than the one you think. See, for instance, the war on drugs, the war on immigrants, the U.S. military, the New Jersey Turnpike, the academic job market.

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  1. I would love to hear detail on your theories about each of your examples.

    Benjamin Wheeler

    December 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    • I’m a bit swamped tonight, but perhaps tomorrow…


      December 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm

  2. […] was a request in the comments of the first Canavan’s Razor post to elaborate on my examples. Sure, why […]

  3. […] Canavan’s Razor would tell us that permanent crisis is a management strategy, the unacknowledged goal of every plan. But whichever precise combination of incompetence, dishonesty, and malice best describes a particular university administration is irrelevant. The management class simply has no reason to exist at all if their interventions in the university produce not stability but crisis, after crisis, after crisis, after crisis, after crisis… […]

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