January 5, 2017

Lexicon for Epoch Transition

Feudal Age - epoch of time where human relationships are defined primarily by subject-sovereign relationships. That is, you meet another person: is that person either a) another, potentially rival, ruling sovereign; b) a subject of a ruling sovereign; c) a slave (also subject to a ruling sovereign)? Throughout the feudal age most people where slaves. The feudal age is best characterized by the tyrant Herod the Great. The human race has been in the thralls of the feudal age for the last ten thousand years.

Tech Age - the dawning age of technology characterized by egalitarian human relationships governed primarily by commerce. That is, you meet another person: is that person a potential trading partner? This applies also to intangible relationships such as choosing a spouse - what does that person have to offer me in a relationship; what do I have to offer that person. The tech age is best characterized by the science fiction author Vernor Vinge.

* No word has yet been found or coined to describe that segment of humanity actively involved in bringing about the Tech Age. So, for convenience, I'm using the word "Promethean", after the god who brought fire (technology) to mankind.
January 6, 2017

The answer to paranoia is comedy.

Times of great change often seem to be accompanied by times of paranoia. What is the answer to this state of affairs? Quite simply put: comedy. This past year the world has seen quite a lot of change, and change always brings a lot of uncertainty. Uncertainty can lead to paranoia - fear of the unknown. The answer? See it as all crafty, cosmic comedy. This is where the entertainer has an advantage. The entertainer can see it all as show biz.

February 5, 2017

Undistributed outlook, Perceptual Filters, and Freedom of Speech

First coined by publisher Arthur Herzog in his famous book The B.S. Factor, The Theory and Technique of Faking It in America, undistributed outlook applies to politics the classical logical fallacy of the undistributed middle. Undistributed middle happens when a conclusion drawn from a statement is not included (or distributed) in other assertions that are part of the argument. In abstract terms, undistributed middle occurs in the following pattern

For example,

In contrast, undistributed outlook occurs when a group applies a universal principle to other groups differently than that group applies the principle to itself. Herein can be seen, especially in political debate, all manner of logical fallacy. In particular, undistributed outlook occurs most frequently when it comes to the theory and practice of free speech.

As is so often the case, theory and practice turn out to be two very different things. A group that screams when it feels its own freedom of speech curtailed will viciously attack those who express differing points of view. This behavior constitutes a feudalistic practice that places appeal to emotion above logical thought and reason. Not only is undistributed outlook self serving, it is also quite counter-productive. Viciously denying the rights of others so often ends up being a double edged sword, as when the tables turn, others may in turn feel free to deny your own rights. This is another way of saying that two wrongs do not make a right.

The problem of undistributed outlook also relates to the problem of stereotyping, as stereotyping almost always leads to undistributed outlook and acts as an impediment to understanding. Especially, in politically charged debate, stereotyping almost always results in complete communication break down. How can one rationally debate an issue if one is accused of bias solely based on factors beyond anyone's control, such as race and/or gender? Of course, such stereotyping is actually an instrument for preempting all rational debate, and as such, denies freedom of speech. Again, stereotyping is a feudalistic practice totally incompatible with the Tech Age paradigm. In the Tech Age, where racal and (non-physical) gender differences have been shown scientifically unsupportable and, indeed artificial, how can such stereotypes be taken seriously?

In conclusion, social and political stereotyping, along with undistributed outlook, cannot be considered instruments of change compatible with the dawning Tech Age.

February 7, 2017

Experimental Computation and Emergence of the Tech Age

In 2003 Stephen Wolfram published A New Kind of Science, a best selling book that has vastly fueled the experimental computation movement.

I really think that if anything can bring down the neo-feudalist globalist movement, it is the growing movement of experimental computation. The applications are so broad across the sciences and so leading to unexpected results that the neo-feudalist elite will no longer be able to hide from us advanced technologies. In fact, I think that cellular automata gives us the closest abstract visualization we will ever have of artificial intelligence.

To see what can be done with cellular automata, even so simple as Conway's Game of Life, check out the video "epic conway's game of life".

February 8, 2017

Conway and New Horizons

Within Conway's Game of Life, many astoundingly complex, dynamic yet stable patterns produce new insights into the world of the possible. To see some examples of these amazing patterns view the beautiful presentation in the video "epic conway game of life".

Talk about mind of God!

Perhaps the future will see such forms of "experimental computation" applied to social dynamics among human beings. Such studies might reveal where truly stable yet dynamic patterns can occur. This is a great danger to the neo-feudal globalists. Their plans for social dynamics may end up shown to be inherently unstable, leading to decay and stasis.

Whereas, some totally unexpected patterns may emerge that lead to both growth and stability. Not only that, but these might be patterns that can grow organically from a minimal set of rules. This is why minimal sets of rules, such as the Ten Commandments, have been historically for millennia so highly regarded.

February 12, 2017

Virtue, Arete and Undistributed Outlook

Perhaps one of the most egregious occurrences of undistributed outlook manifests in expressions of absolute hatred towards those who display arete, virtue or excellence of any kind. Arete, as the ancient Greeks called it, means "excellence of any kind". Such excellence may be proficiency in archery, fighting, oratory, debate, and even righteous living. However, throughout history there has always been a class of people who cannot "distribute" appreciation of excellence, as they apply it to their own persona, to the appreciation of excellence in the personas of other people.

The difficult problem for those (especially youth) who do, in fact, manifest in themselves and appreciate in others a high degree of excellence, is that they tend to assume such outward appreciation is universal. Unfortunately and quite arguably, externalized appreciation of arete is definitely not universal. Perhaps the saddest thing of all is the archetypal image of the devastated youthful hero, betrayed and destroyed by an insanely jealous rival innocently regarded as a close friend. Many instances in classical and biblical literature can be cited.

As a number of astute observers have noted it is almost as if a radical left has arisen that absolutely hates excellence of any kind and can only cast invective and slander at anyone deemed virtuous in any way. Nowhere has this become clearer than with so called "social justice warriors" who rabidly attack as "privileged" any individual manifesting any form of excellence not condoned by the "party line". Those forms of excellence that are permitted by the "party line" appear, oxymoronically, to be the very forms of non-excellence which lead, in reality, to weakening and dissolution of the naturally strong and proficient.

As stated by William S Burroughs in his advice for young people: "There is a type of person that will [explicative meaning ravish, destroy] anything and everything that they touch...it is absolutely imperative, such people must be avoided at all cost."