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Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error For Business, Politics, and Society

Thursday May 2012


Jim Manzi Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

In Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Business, Politics, and Society, Manhattan Institute senior fellow Jim Manzi explains how the methods of science can best be applied to social and economic policy to ensure progress and prosperity—and how poorly founded in research many ambitious government policies are today. It's an argument—updating Karl Popper and Friedrich Hayek for the twenty-first century—guaranteed to spark significant discussion.

Advance praise poured in. “A thoroughly argued, powerful study,” wrote Kirkus Reviews, while Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist, gave this endorsement: “More and more people are coming to realize the crucial role that trial and error play in cultural progress as well as in biological evolution. Jim Manzi’s ingenious book not only explores where trial and error work, but where they are lacking—in government, for example, where failure is rarely punished.”