18 February 2013

Incompetence Theory

The other day, my colleague Mike said to me:

You’re an Incompetence Theorist.

He was contrasting me to conspiracy theorists, you see: the people for whom everything is explained by invoking vast, shadowy organizations. I frequently invoke some version of “Hanlon’s razor.” Roughly, “Don’t invoke conspiracy when incompetence will do.”

Maybe we need more incompetence theorists out there, reminding people that everyone makes mistakes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This title resonates with me at this point. Still hoping there are alternate explanations, but I don't think there are any with a better outcome, unfortunately.