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Danny Zhao

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Do "solutions" create more problems then they solve?

Identifying an issue, and solving it - our urges to solve current issues underpins most of the TED talks which I have seen. However, does our "solutions" create more problems then it solve? For example - although the basic principals of a market economy attempted to address the issue of scarcity, at the same time it exacerbates the problem of inequality (illustrated in Michael Sandel's recent talk).

Its acknowledged that the urge to solve problems lay in our human nature to pursue for a better life. The question is, does these "solutions" help us to be better off? Can the continual process of problem-solving lead us towards a "perfect" life, or have we simply been walking around in circles?

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  • Oct 22 2013: That depends on the level of understanding of the problem, if you fully understand a problem then the solution will certainly solve the problem without creating more, however a poor understanding of the problem will of course be the source of incomplete or erroneous solutions, which will eventually create more problems. Another factor may be the lack of resources, if you try to solve a problem but don't have the resources to implement a full solution you are in a clear path for generating more problems. But the real concern should be the size, a solution for a big problem that generates a few small problems may be a good deal, while a solution for a small problem that generates one or more big problems is obviously a bad deal.

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