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Eduardo  Schenberg

Scientist/Educator/Student, www.plantandoconsciencia.org


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Triple-blind politics

All right, let's see if this new TED initiative works and if my idea is worth sharing:

Politics today, in the most majority of countries, is our mechanism of social organization. Everything, from ecology to economics, goes trough hands of politicians. And of course that politics is then responsible for good and terrible things. In my view, our current global crisis is mainly a problem of political corruption and disputes for power and money. And how to address that is a hard question I've been asking to myself for some time.
Why not take the model from one of the most strikingly successful endeavors of humankind and apply it to politics? I'm referring to science, one of the main (if not the main) instruments we have to search for solutions. And why is that? Because science (when properly done) is self-correcting. It goes on an on refining data and models generated within itself.
An in the core of this system lies the double-blind paradigm. What it means is that, e.g. in medical research, scientist nor patient may know if the patient is taking a test-medicament or a placebo, for example. In regard to the study conditions, both are blind, meaning they do not know who is taking drug and who is taking placebo, thus double-blind. This is only to be revealed afterwards, by a third-party that knew the crucial info.
In politics, while politicians debate projects to be voted, the real issues related to the project get mixed with vested interests, legal or not. And thus congresses end up approving some catastrophes for the population, country and gaia, because politicians go against, for example, a project they consider nice because it was proposed by someone from an opposing party.
Thus the idea is that we transform politics in a triple-blinded endeavor: Before being voted, authorship of a project must remain hidden from politicians in both (or many) political parties and from the population. The author would only be revealed later, by a high-security comittee that knew it


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