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Pecking order
by noteworthy at 8:03 am EST, Feb 16, 2010

Peter Lennox:

Economic and management theorists subscribing to the view that unbridled competition offers the greatest efficiency should be made to watch chickens. If one actually lives with chickens, it's a lot harder to treat them as mere objects.

A flock can manage without a cockerel, but a cockerel without a flock is nothing.

Dean Keith Simonton, via John Cloud:

Deliberate practice is a necessary but not sufficient condition for creating genius. For one thing, you need to be smart enough for practice to teach you something.

Kara Hansen:

Like sea lions snacking on Columbia River salmon, it's not the entire bear species causing problems. Bark-peeling is a learned behavior, Higgins said, pointing to research by Wildlife Services in Olympia, Wash.

"One bear will teach another bear, and then that bear will do it," he said. "There are bears that peel and bears that don't peel. We target peeling bears."

Richard Holbrooke:

Only with hindsight can one look back and see that the smartest course may not have been the right one.

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