Friday, April 3, 2020

Isolation Is Independence

Zappy Friday!

Isolation is independence.



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Cheers!

Benefit of cooperation replaces rule of law!

Freethinkers unite!

Freedom!

Party On!

Let's get cracking!

Voluntarily Reject Demagoguery!

Politics as Science!

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!



 







Thursday, April 2, 2020

Need a job?

HaPpY ThUrSdAy!

Need a job?



Hi! I'm Mybrid Wonderful and perhaps I can help you invent work now that it is the end of the world as we know it. Pandemic help for the day.

I'm an inventor. Another way of saying that is I'm a software engineer. We invent algorithms to solve problems daily. This is why computer science is called an art. Imagination, baby.

So yesterday I was kicking around a couple of inventions for this time of pandemic.

  1. The Queue: that "take a number", red plastic dispenser we are all familiar with at our local deli is The Queue. Only we  make it a phone app to help Walmart, TJS and other stores to prevent lines.
  2. The Rotation: Home owners can skip mortgage payments, renters can't. Home owners are matched with renters where the home owner skips a payment in order to pay someone's rent. Perhaps this is Match.com for owners and renters?
Why these two solutions? Essential retail stores are grappling with how best to manage lines of social distancing during the pandemic. The Queue is one solution. NPR and others are reporting that the Federal bail out includes provisions for home owners and not renters. This is unfair. So, we the people can do something about that if we so choose. The Rotation is one solution.

Odds are if you need a job then making one of your own can be an option. If you need a job then this is what this essay is all about.

One challenge with these inventions is that I'm a software engineer. I don't have a problem finding a job. If all you have is a hammer then everything looks like a nail. My hammer is software engineering so my nail will always be to write an app for that. But, software engineers are not the community most affected by the pandemic. We work remote easily. We need inventions for the service people out of work.

I thought I'd walk you through my process because the process itself you may find useful.

First up is don't edit and write at the same time. Go with your stream of consciousness. This is why I did not just dismiss my initial ideas here. Just let it rip. I'm a writer and I get writer's block. The advice that worked best for me is not to mix editing and stream of consciousness. Just have at it. Everyone's first blush is probably a failure of an idea. The notion is to learn from your failures. You can't learn from your failures unless you fail. So fail, damn it.

My first blush then is to immediately think of an app like a phone app to help people queue. Or the Match.com app to match home owners with renters to help each other stay at home.

But that's not the point. The point is to get you a job. New market conditions make new jobs possible albeit disruption like with innovation or disruption like with pandemics. So what I got right is identifying new market opportunities. What I got wrong is that I can easily create myself a new job with each of those but that's not my concern. I already have one. My concern is to help you find a job and you are not a software engineer.

Well, if you are a software engineer get cracking on The Queue and The Rotation software!

You need a job and you are not a software engineer. Can we make The Queue and The Rotation service jobs that service people currently unemployed can do?

Well, next I have to go back to first principles.

Let's start with The Queue invention. The Queue takes a real world notion, the "take a number" red plastic dispenser and turns that into a social distancing phone app. That's the new market. What else do I know about queues? Well, I do have a graduate degree in computer science from UC Berkeley. I have queue education. People every day graduate with new PhDs from university solely on the topic of queuing. Queuing theory requires some the most advanced AI and mathematics humans have invented. Now, you may be thinking, "how does someone cutting in line require advanced mathematics to solve the problem?" And right you are. Just tell their ass to get back in line. But the deli counter number system is not so easy. What if someone is in the restroom and missed the call? How long do you wait until you ask them to take another number?

Computer scheduling for airlines is very complex. Probably some of the most complex math goes into the stock market queues for trades. People pay to get to the front of the line for their trades similar to how you can pay Disney to bypass the line at theme parks.

Okay, so queuing can appear naive like with the red dispenser and scale to complex with the stock market and airlines.

The question is can we find you a queuing job that matches your particular skill set? Well, for starters we need to define some baseline where if someone does not have that baseline expertise then this is not a job for them.

1. Technology savvy. Some app will definitely be used. If it is not a new one then perhaps email, texting, and other exiting technology can be used. This requires a significant tech awareness, like say an Uber drive. Pretty much the general public can be an Uber driver but if someone cannot use that level of app then they are disqualified.
2. Customer service. Can you handle angry people? People get angry no matter what the rules are. Someone will declare the rules are unfair. Let's put this in context of say your local grocery store. You don't want lines forming for social distancing. As the queue manager your job is to get people to the store and allow them into the store immediately. Well, how many people does the store allow at any given time? Fifty? Okay, let's go with fifty. How long is the average shopping time? Thirty minutes? Let's go with thirty minutes. So your job is to manage a list of fifty people per thirty minute time window. The store will alert you when to allow the next block in. So you have a block of fifty numbers that people can take. The question is can you hand out one per person or one per household and how do you tell? You are the customer service rep. What do you think? Well, currently stores are going with one cart per one person. So, perhaps one number per one phone call? People call you and take one number. That sucks. Then you have to track that phone number. Meh. That's too complicated. Some software with registered accounts might help here. But let's continue. How about just using an admonishment? You, the customer service rep, read a short admonishment that people must verbally agree to on the phone that numbers are one per person. Okay, that's better, it doesn't require tracking. If people violate the admonishment, oh well. So where are we? Oh yeah, so people call me as the service rep and I give them a number and a time window to show up. But what if they have to cancel? What if they have a two hour commute? I'm going with no cancellations. If people do not show up then take another number. Still, customers who miss an appointment are going to call and beg and plead to get to the head of the line? What policy should we have? That's your job, to handle the angry customer therefore it makes sense to give you the power to make exceptions. For example, what if someone with a long commute gets stuck in traffic and misses their window? They call you. Well, perhaps the best thing here to do is reserve 10% of the total fifty for such cases. This means only forty-five numbers per window are handed out. The remaining five numbers are held back in reserve for emergencies such as this or emergencies in general. Now we are flushing out a job as a customer service rep that requires human judgment and not solvable by computers. If more than the allotted five slots are needed then the final five need to be chosen. Finally, corporations will have policies that need promoting. You're job then that computers cannot do is public relations. You'll need to talk people down off the ledge and promote the company and its policies.
3. Organization skills. Issuing and tracking numbers like this requires a significant track record of being organized. People are going to call you for a number and a time window. Or perhaps they will email or text you. In any case you will have to keep things straight.


That's enough I think. This is an important part of inventing. You need to know when to learn to leave the design incomplete on the drawing board. There are many reasons for this. First, you need to get your idea accepted. Generally just a good approximation is good enough. We call this the smell test. What we have so far passes the smell test. The Queue as defined above specifies a customer service job that requires a human that relies on existing or perhaps new software applications.

So that's The Queue as an invention that requires a human for customer service.

Can we do the same thing for The Rotation? Sure.

Where to start? There already exist people who match renters with home buyers when a renter buys a house. They are called realtors. Can we leverage this? Perhaps. I recently bought a house and discovered that contact between the buyer and seller is not allowed. You can't personally speak to each other but must work through your realtor. I'm guessing this is because time has shown that keeping that parties at arms length is optimal buying conditions.

What about AirBnB? We are not renting someone's home but still what can we think about reusing? Well, how about reviews? I'm not really sure that applies here unless we are talking more than one payment for home owner and renter pair. Perhaps home owners become a long term backstop for renters who need to skip a payment. Then perhaps reviews on renters who act in good faith would be very important?

How do we manage this relationship if we are not going to just build Match.com. Remember we are inventing a job for people without computer skills, but rather with service skills. This suggests perhaps a Realtor type scenario where both sides of renter and home owner have an advocate and in general it can't be the same person. The Rotation then requires two agents, one for the rent donor and one for the renter. The agents represent their clients. The agent's reputation then is what is up for public review. If you are a renter agent and your renter clientele abuse the situation then reviews should be publicly available for your reputation and not those of the renters. Let's be clear. Home owners are donating money as with any charity. There is no quid-pro-quo. Home owners are not setting up some future AirBnB rental in compensation. Renter's abusing the charity are no different than the long storied history of charities robbing money. Your reputation as The Rotation agent is the product.


Good, so The Rotation then is a charity organization designed to match donors with recipients. The realtor relationship is such that there is no contact between donor and recipient. I give blood and my donations are anonymous, I don't know who gets my blood and they don't know me. Perhaps we should do that here.

Now I'm getting less confident. I think I'm on the right path but I also think I'm in over my head here. At this point I would not promote this as a smell test. Instead I would contact people I know in the Real Estate business or in charity and run this idea by them. I would try and get my smell test idea here shored up.

That's it. My ideas are ready for the next step. 

I have what I mainly want of customer service job and not just a computer application.
 
Okay, I've come up with my new job inventions. One invention I think is ready for a smell test by the employer or business. The other  inventionI feel needs some more work.

This is the invention process.

Now I sit back and look at both of them and I think to myself, you know these jobs are still not general enough. They require too much expertise. Perhaps then they are not so much job descriptions as they are small business descriptions. Perhaps a business can be started like with The Queue where people are hired to just answer phones and other people are hired to be account managers with the businesses using the service.

And so it goes. Could you do The Queue or The Rotation by yourself as a self-employed contractor? The Queue for sure. The Rotation requires a pool of agents as specified. However, this is just how I thought of The Rotation. Perhaps you have another approach that safeguards people's reputations and manages abuse.

People are generally good and yet there are always those who will game the system. Bear that in mind in any new invention in business. This is why sometimes we just ignore abuse like with the admonishment approach. Tracking is too expensive. If multiple people in a household take numbers with The Queue even after the admonishment, oh well. People are good in general and you can rely on that unless the consequences of people abusing the system are too risky.

Need a job? If so you are likely working in the service industry. I just laid out some new service jobs with business opportunities. I also walked through the inception phase of the invention process I use. Hopefully both of these have been useful. If you want to run things by me then feel free to send me email. I'm Mybrid Wonderful and my email address is my first name always and for this endeavor please send me email at Gmail.

Join an MGO today!

You can learn more about Irreni World Scale by visiting:

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Cheers!

Benefit of cooperation replaces rule of law!

Freethinkers unite!

Freedom!

Party On!

Let's get cracking!

Voluntarily Reject Demagoguery!

Politics as Science!

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!



 









Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Pioneer 2020 Style

Hi! Happy Wednesday!



  • The Queue: The "Take a number", red plastic dispenser only online for any brick and mortar gatherings.
  • The Rotation: Home owners kindly paying rent for renters because home owners can skip payments and renters can't. 

Hi! I'm Mybrid Wonderful! The Queue and The Rotation are two inventions I'm kicking around in this time of new need.

If you are interested then send me email. My email address is simply a Gmail account where my address is my first name, Mybrid.

Join an MGO today!

You can learn more about Irreni World Scale by visiting:

https://irreni.blogspot.com/p/join.html

Cheers!

Benefit of cooperation replaces rule of law!

Freethinkers unite!

Freedom!

Party On!

Let's get cracking!

Voluntarily Reject Demagoguery!

Politics as Science!

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!



 







Tuesday, March 31, 2020

I Don't Know Power

Happy Tuesday!

I Don't Know Power




I don't know is the slayer of false hope. I am at ease during this pandemic because I have lived my entire life getting to know I don't know.

Do you have regrets? Perhaps in a crisis many of us reflect on what we could've done better and land on some conclusion of regret.

I am not religious. I am anti-theist. However, I have studied Eastern philosophy associated with Eastern religions and find the harmony oriented morality far superior to the transformation morality of western religions.

Regret, jealousy and other negative emotions in Eastern philosophy are taught to have no positive use and so we train ourselves to overcome them.

If I had one regret though it could be this: I have not been outspoken enough about the power of I don't know slaying false hope like that of miracle cures. I don't know also dampens panic where I do not emotionally invest in information, rather I accept it without emotion. I don't know how this universe was created. I don't know how the coronavirus started, I do know what's been reported. That's the power of I don't know.

There is a religious myth common to most religions. That myth is that everyone feels a strong emotional compelling need to answer the big questions. Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get here? What is my purpose? Who created the universe?

This myth is no more true than the myth that all men are attracted to women and vice-a-versa. Emotional compulsions such as with opposite-sex attraction or big questions may very well affect large portions of the population, but they do not affect everyone.

I have no big question compulsion. I started with I don't know and I'm still there. I'm doing just fine.

I look around me everyday and see a world of chaos where there are so many things I don't know. I only see small islands of control where we can find some safe harbor.

I am at ease during this pandemic because I've lived my entire life with I don't know. Things happen that I can't explain and still I go about my life tracking on what I do know. Fear of the unknown and fear of chaos is a moment-by-moment reality awareness for those who accept the unknown as unknown.

I have learned to manage fears through Eastern practices such as  walking, exercise, meditation, and acceptance. I accept that which causes fear and dispel the fear.

Acceptance is about more than just fear. Acceptance is about things over which we have no control, such as we are all going to die. I have had one near-death experience in my life. I was in my thirty's and many years into my Eastern philosophy training of acceptance. This acceptance was put to the test one day when I was in a head-on collision. I was sitting at an intersection making a left-hand turn onto El Camino Real in Palo Alto. I had a concrete island to my left, a car to my right, and a car behind. I literally had nowhere to go. The light turned green and at that same time a speeding driver came careening at me as the driver lost control making a left turn on red. My car was hit in the left fender and my car only dealt a glancing blow. The only damage was a lost head light and fender. Still, I felt in that moment I was going to die. After the intitial shock I realized that I was at peace because I had been practicing being a peace for years. Practice.

I have also been mugged twice at gun point and again after the initial shock of the incident I benefited greatly from acceptance practice and accepted what happened with peace. Overcoming fear requires preparation.

I live in a universe full of I don't know. I practice acceptance in order to not be afraid. I need no false hope. I do not want to be controlled by fear.

Prayer is false hope. As such prayer is a fear amplifier. Prayer makes things worse because for whatever temporary relief prayer may provide the false hope always evaporates and leaves even more fear because the prayer failed.

I feel I was born naturally as "I don't know"  in my mind because so many people do seem to have a compelling desire to have answers to the big questions.

Acceptance also slays regrets. If I had a regret it would be this: taking acceptance for granted. People often ask how atheists would respond to death. How do atheists console the grieving? My answer is acceptance as practiced by Eastern philosophy.  Just like the best response to disaster is preparation ahead of time then the best response to death is preparation ahead of time. Acceptance is not all that is needed to deal with grief but acceptance can overcome fear of unknown; wandering if one will ever see their loved ones again. I don't know.

Acceptance requires practice each and every day because so much of life is uncertain and chaos. Thus it is that the pandemic is not an emotional change for me. I accept things that are unknown everyday, large and small. I admit that which I do not understand. It's okay. I would never console myself with some fantasy of seeing loved ones again because that is not acceptance that they are dead and I don't know anything else. 

I don't have regrets because regret is a negative emotion with that yields no positive end. Regret is pain only. Therefore I choose to overcome it with acceptance.  But I can say I take my acceptance that I practice each day perhaps a little too much for granted. Because of this perhaps I do not openly advocate acceptance openly enough.

False hope is no hope. Prayer is false hope unless prayer is practiced as acceptance. Even then prayer acceptance is contingent on on false higher power and not focused on well being.

Western and Eastern philosophy both have things I practice in my life. However, my examination of Western philosophy is it is mostly harmful to the mind and I practice very little western philosophy. Eastern philosophy when stripped of the supernatural and traditions is about exercise and practice such as with meditation. Further, Eastern philosophy has no one path or one set way. You must find your path. Meditation may or may not work for. If not then try another path, another practice. Western philosophy only offers one size fits all.

In this time of Pandemic I offer to you the recommendation to explore harmony oriented philosophy and specifically the concept of acceptance in the face of the unknown. Know the power of "I don't know" as the power of acceptance of the unknown and chaos.

We all know fear. However, we do not all know the power of acceptance of the unknown which starts with I don't know. I don't know where the dead are or if the are. However, I do practice daily acceptance and prepare for death where I don't know. This is how I deal with grief, I prepare and I do not rely on false hope of some after-life nor with some miracle cure in the here and now.

I have no regrets but if I did then it might be taking the power of "I don't know" and its derived power of acceptance for granted, perhaps because I have  practiced both daily for so many years.

Join an MGO today!

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Cheers!

Benefit of cooperation replaces rule of law!

Freethinkers unite!

Freedom!

Party On!

Let's get cracking!

Voluntarily Reject Demagoguery!

Politics as Science!

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!



 












Sunday, March 29, 2020

New Government - What's Needed For Future Pandemics

Happy Sunday!

New Government - What's Needed For Future Pandemics



This essay starts with an assumption. That assumption is that existing government is failed and cannot be fixed. Therefore we need new government. You want new government. We are going to have a couple of paragraphs of political discussion and then take a trip into the future.

Existing government fails pandemics because of the petty egos of leadership. Existing government fails because a complex world needs to be run intelligently and our leaders are of average or below average intelligence. In fact one could argue as Irreni World Scale does that the time for individual leadership is over. No one person is intelligent enough to design and build a nuclear weapon. No one person is intelligent enough to understand the biological ramifications of deciding when to use one one either. Who really understands radiation?

Leadership requires many people today to lead a complex world and yet our governments funnel final power to a single petty ego. This is an existing government design flaw that could potentially kill us all. We need new government.

What's needed for future pandemic government is to remove single person leadership. No more prime ministers, no more presidents, no more dictators, no more kings, and no more chief executive officers.

Well, what should we do? Should have councils? Should we have final leadership of a say a council of ten people?

Irreni World Scale is one such design of new government. Instead of going down a path of political argument concluding Irreni then I'd like to walk you through a day in the life in Irreni World Scale during a pandemic in the year 2220.

Irreni World Scale is founded on a belief that culture upheaval is required for new government. Cultural changes are slow. Therefore the plan for the full implementation of Irreni World Scale takes two-hundred years. Irreni World Scale is a long game of two-hundred years.

The date is 2220. A new SARS virus similar to the coronavirus is found. Our scene opens with Melinda pondering the response to the virus in 2220 relative to 2020.

Melinda, or Mel, lives in an MGO community. An MGO is a sovereign government with final authority similar to the United States federal government in 2020. An MGO is a micro-modular governing organization of fixed size thirty people.

Mel's MGO is called, "You Are My Sunshine", or just Sunshine. The Sunshine MGO campus is a quad with living spaces along three sides and business spaces on one. Inside the quad are four other quads. On quad contains workshops for making raw materials such as  plastics, metals, and woods. Another quad contains workshops for making final goods such as clothing and electronics. Of course thirty people cannot produce most complicated things and things such as electronics are just final assembly from components. Another quad is the home to gardens, community spaces, and a medical bay. This quad houses community space for community dining and a gym. There is also a small medical bay with a single ICU bed. The final quad is for stores. The MGO houses its own power distribution center as well as water system. This particular MGO can go six months without outside world contact for removing waste or restocking essential supplies.

Mel is reading the news where a new SARS virus broke out in China as it did in 2020. However, this virus was contained to a cluster of one hundred neighboring MGOs.

Mel is reading about this outbreak on her cold browser integrated into each MGO. A cold browser censors information in two ways. First a cold browser censors information directly by eliminating what was known in 2020 as "fake news". In addition the cold browser also limits the panic inducing frequency of over information predominant in 2020. Cold browsers rely on a cold network of cold storage data files. These cold storage data files are originally hot network data files that are hung for one-to-four days until cold. The hot network is what was called the internet in 2020. In 2020 they only had a hot network.

Mel feels grateful that the panic inducing inundation of too much information is managed for her. She has lots of friends outside her MGO who are commenting on the virus but the updates are hung for three days. Her friends are aware of her MGO policy for hanging out their comments to dry for three days and adjust their behavior accordingly. Further, the AI that hangs the information is authorized to archive based upon frequency for far later date access well after a crisis has passed. If she wants Mel can use the hot network to access real-time information posted by her friends but this requires asking approval by another MGO member. Mel is reluctant to ask for this because she has no reason to do so. Scientific data about any medical threat such as a new virus is allowed to be accessed in real-time on the hot network.

Mel is also grateful that one of the fundamental principles of Irreni holds true. Irreni is founded on the principle of dependence. The principle of dependence is where the maximum group dependence relies on maximum individual independence. The maximum individual independence requires an MGO. An MGO is required because individuals are limited in expertise. Thirty people provides an balance of an expanse of expertise with limited population to realize individual importance. This is taught as spaceship politics where a spaceship on a long voyage would need a balance of extensive expertise with limited population so as to make long term stockpiles feasible. Every person serves a function and is important on a spaceship. No individual can take care of themselves in isolation and thirty people is the smallest number possible for expertise and yet still retain individual power and identity.

MGOs are too small to create high tech. Highly complex projects that are greater than any one MGO are managed via networks of MGOs that are also called MGOs, or just modular governing organizations. Modular governing organizations are referred to as project MGOs where micro MGOS are called prime MGOs. The virus outbreak was limited to one such project MGO.

In 2220 people like Mel spend most of their physical time on their prime MGO campus or their project MGO campus. This design limits the spread of such viruses. Further since each prime MGO has an ICU unit they medical treatment was done on site only exposing medical personnel specific to the project MGO.

The design of Irreni World Scale limits the need for random human interaction. Tourism and entertainment events still happen but over the course of two-hundred years we find that most human interaction can either be virtual or physically limited to a few hundred common people on a project.

"Ahhh", Mel sighs. Terra Prime.

Mel thinks it is too bad they didn't have Terra Prime in 2020. Terra Prime is of Irreni design. Terra Prime is a duplicate virtual reality Earth that is updated in real-time. Planet Earth is modeled in virtual space as close as possible in Terra Prime. It is uncanny in fact. We can visit anyone on Earth in the blink of an eye in Terra Prime. Today loved ones can visit the dying on Terra Prime in a virtual reality setting that is a complete reconstruction of Earth. My dying relative can be on the other side of the planet and I can be there in an instant to day goodbye.

Besides Terra Prime there exist many Terra Prime copies called children. Mel has relatives with graves she visits on occasion in Terra Second. Terra Second is also called Terra Respect and it is the home to honoring Earth's dead. All artificial buildings are removed from Terra Second except those honoring the dead. It is a peaceful place for honoring those who came before us. Terra Second is a place of nature and respect.

Terra Prime has many children as we say. Terra Prime has Terra Tenth or Terra Market. Terra Market is  Earth stripped of all artificial structures and new fantastic virtual ones instead. This is where we go shopping.

Terra Prime and all its children make individual independence possible in an MGO where most physical time is spent on campus. The need for human interaction is more than met in virtual space. We can teleport to any place on Earth in instant. We can meet anybody instantly without worrying about commute traffic like in 2020.

Mel is grateful the world converted to Irreni World Scale. It's true that maximal group dependence requires maximal individual independence. This principle of Irreni design is not intuitive. Terra Prime construction alone occupies about thirty percent of all world labor. Terra Prime's children occupy another twenty-percent of Earth's labor. The benefit is we get to optimize travel time in physical space to just time of luxury in 2220. Physical space in each MGO campus has nature preserves and gardens on campus. People in 2220 are still free to travel the world but are far less motivated to do so. Quarantines mean nothing almost.

The modular design of Irreni is key for physical Earth experience. Prime MGO hopping as it is affectionately referred too is when two prime MGOs swap physical locations. Prime MGO hopping has replaced tourism. Since all MGO campuses house thirty people then this modular design means we can all move about as MGO units by simply swapping places. Mel has lived on every continent on Earth and on both poles. Very few people could say this in 2020.

Pandemics are contained with Irreni World Scale by limiting physical necessity for humans to interact using Terra Prime. However, Terra Prime affords infinite possibilities of human contact to interact in virtual space. We still travel as individuals but feel the need to do so far less with Terra Prime and its children.

Mel's favorite Terra Prime child is Terra Third. Present, past and future are the order of Terra Prime first three worlds. The present is Terra Prime. The past is Terra Second or Terra Respect. The future is Terra Third or Terra Spaceport. Terra Third is where all construction of new Spaceports takes place before they are constructed physically. The space elevator that takes you to the Moon is Mel's favorite ride. The space elevator spaceport is only a draft because the physics in the real world are still being worked out. But in  Terra Third one can walk on the Moon after taking a ride on a space elevator. Mel enjoys this the best.

Pandemics are a thing of the past in 2220. They are no longer the threat in 2220 they were in 2020 because of Irreni World Scale's modular government design that contains not only viruses of disease but also software and information. Modular government contains human interaction within modules in the real world but opens up infinite possibilities in the virtual world.

Mel is grateful for the pioneers who started on this journey. It must not have been easy to burn the Irreni trail when government was so primitive in 2020.

"To infinity and beyond!" thinks Mel. Modular governing and Terra Prime make space travel possible and worth while. Spaceships that leave Earth take Terra Prime with them. They can dock virtually for maintenance evaluation any time with Terra Third and visit anyone in space-lag time on Earth.

The year is 2220 and is an exiting time to be alive! The future opportunity seems endless where from reading the news of the 2020 pandemic the future held no hope of effective governing. Mel is grateful.




Join an MGO today!

You can learn more about Irreni World Scale by visiting:

https://irreni.blogspot.com/p/join.html

Cheers!

Benefit of cooperation replaces rule of law!

Freethinkers unite!

Freedom!

Party On!

Let's get cracking!

Voluntarily Reject Demagoguery!

Politics as Science!

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

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Cruelty Addiction Solution

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Cruelty Addiction Solution

My pandemic help today comes as a solution to American's addiction to cruelty.


America has a recent cruelty addiction problem. An end result is Trump instructed his pandemic response team to be cruel and withhold aid to millions of people in Michigan and New York because their leadership did not bow down and kiss Trump's ring.

Trump's cruelty is the point. Trump's cruelty provides a high to his supporters. They are addicted. People are dying of our cruelty addiction because millions are not getting aid.

Trump's bully opinion is, "cruelty ought to teach them a lesson." His supporters agree.

America has a cruelty addiction. Trump is a textbook bully. There is nothing about Trump's bully behavior that is remotely interesting or original. He's a talent-less hack. The problem isn't Trump. The problem is Trump's voters. His voters enjoy the cruelty. For them cruelty is the point. Drinking liberal tears is the point.

How did we get here? It all started in 1980s with the deregulation of the Fairness Doctrine. The Fairness Doctrine stated that news cannot be for profit center and further equal time had to be given to both Democrats and Republicans whereever opinion was sold.

Repbulicans weren't happy with either. They wanted news for profit and they wanted conservative only media. So they got it. We are living the impact today and the worst of it is cruelty addiction that is 100% the responsibilty of conservatives for repealing the Fairness Doctrine and getting what they wished for, irresponsible speech.

Rush Limbaugh is a bully. He's a talent-less hack just like Trump. What can you get from Rush Limbaugh that you can't get anywhere else prior to Rush? Cruelty. Rush is cruel to liberals and all his enemies. That's his only product. He got an American medal for it. Well, he also peddles conspiracy theories. He's a birther. Given Rush makes money as a no talent hack then one could expect an explosion of such bullying o emerge. And it did. It is all of AM hate radio. We have experienced for over thirty years on our public airwaves the broadcast of cruelty 24/7 non-stop. People have gotten addicted.

This cruelty addiction is new. Rush Limbaugh would not have been legally allowed on the air any time prior.

To be sure cruelty addiction is not limited to just conservative media. Cruelty is an easy product to sell. Any moron can do it. Hollywood picked up on this and ran with it. Cruelty also started in the 1990s in Hollywood. This cruelty is wrapped in a less offensive name called "reality TV." Reality TV such as with the umpteen "Real Housewives" is cheap to produce and very high profit. This reality TV relies heavily on cruelty. Sure, there exists special interest reality TV of various interests, but Survivor is the longest running show and exemplary. Even special interest shows are not immune to cruelty. Food porn is a huge industry and a cooking show is easy to produce. Who doesn't like a good cooking show? However, Iron Chef is a food show with the cruel elimination that other cooking shows do not have.

Trump rose to fame in the public eye by being cruel with saying, "You're fired." Americans loved it. This isn't political cruelty, just cruelty. Who in their right mind wants to sit in on a manager firing an employee, let alone enjoy it? I never understood this.

AM radio also has cruelty beyond politics in the form of shock jocks. Howard Stern is a shock jock. Shock jocks at times are political, however shock jocks typically are just bullies in general and thus the use of the word "shock".

The rise of cruelty in media happened in my lifetime and I find it alarming. I don't like bullies. I don't like Howard Stern and I don't like Trump. In the 2000s I wanted to find a solution  so  I listened to AM hate radio for ten years to educate myself.

You are here because you want a solution, but perhaps you don't listen to AM radio and want proof? Perhaps you don't believe me because you haven't spent ten years listening to AM hate radio. You don't need to spend ten years, just spend one hour listening to the cruelty being sold daily with one of these hosts:

1. Rush Limbaugh
2. Sean Hannity
3. Mark Levin
4. Michael Savage

Here are the things you need to watch out for.

1. Liberals hate us. You don't sell drug addiction as a pusher by selling addiction. Similarly cruelty pushers don't go around saying, "I hate liberals". What they say is "Liberals hate us." This has the added benefit of the "us" and creating victimhood. Victimhood is a classic addiction hook of religion.
2. Anecdotes. At one time one had to have a 2nd class FCC license to do what Rush Limbaugh does. You could have your license revoked for lying. It is a lie to impugn millions of people with the behavior of one, known as an anecdote. This is the go-to cruelty device of AM hate radio. Anecdotes are what passes for reporting on AM hate radio. Anecdotes are the bulk of the air time. Pretty much AM hate radio is just anecdotes of liberals. If you were to cut anecdotes out of AM programming then you  would probably have less than ten minutes in an hour of any AM hate radio program. This is why they are talent-less hacks. It is very easy to find anecdotes.
3. Liberals are un-American. Demonizing is baked into our DNA. Religions are founded on it as the word demonizing itself indicates. The penalty for apostasy is death. AM hate radio spends a lot of time demonizing liberals as un-American. Michael Savage calls liberals "red diaper, doper, babies". The point of demonetization is to make someone less than human. Once you do that then violence is justified. When conservatives say liberals are un-American that is just coded speech for saying liberals are not human. This sets up cruelty as acceptable.
4. Foreigner demonetization. Conservatives hate all of Europe and the world. Conservatives don't just hate illegal immigrants. They hate the world. Conservatives will duck and weave on this. What do I mean by that. Well, the British have socialized medicine and as socialists they are hated by conservatives. However, the British are Christian. As Christians they are loved by conservatives. However, the British since WWII have become forty-percent non-religious. Conservatives hate them for this. That's what I mean by ducking and weaving. Some hatred of countries though is pure, like with their hatred of the Palestinians and Mexicans. If you listen to AM hate radio then you might be hesitant to assign their cruelty to all foreigners because of the ducking and weaving. Listen to conservatives talk about the United Nations to remove that hesitancy.
5. Conspiracy theories. Conservative media sells conspiracies theories that are cruel to liberals. The most famous case is Alex Jones spreading a cruel conspiracy theory that Parkland shooting in a elementary school was a hoax. I'd also like to remind you that Trump thinks highly of Alex Jones.

This is enough of a list to convince yourself when listening to AM radio that conservative media sells cruelty as the main product.

Where did our new cruelty addiction come from?


America has a cruelty addiction that emerged after the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine. Yet cruelty and bullying are human nature. Cruelty and hatred are found in all societies that have ever existed? What can we expect if cruelty and bullying are natural?

Well, first we managed to eliminate cruelty and hate addiction as a product the first fifty years of radio. So it is historically possible.

How is it possible we defied our nature for the first fifty years of radio? Morality. Morality is how. The whole point of morality is to curb baser natural instincts as with the cruelty of Rush Limbaugh.

Trump then is not the source of our cruelty problem today. Trump is and always has been a bully. He's mean and vindictive. His cruelty is the point of his election by his voters. When conservatives say they finally have a fighter in Trump then what they are saying is they finally have the cruelty and wickedness they always wanted. They finally get to be evil. They are amoral pigs wallowing in evil mud. This is the only explanation for Trump to have a 60% approval rating for handling a pandemic when denying aid to people who don't kiss his ass.

This is relatively new having started in the 1990s. That's the point of this essay. We have a new cruelty addition that our forebears managed to avoid with a Fairness Doctrine morality that is no longer practiced today.

How can we get back to that? How can we cure our cruelty addiction?

Is hope a solution?


Can we just hope cruelty goes away when Trump is gone? Perhaps after Trump leaves office things will return to normal? This is called denial.

The problem is not Trump, it is his voters. Trump was born mentally compromised. Trump's lack of empathy was a birth defect fostered and exacerbated by his childhood. The way I see it Trump is not responsible for being mean and vindictive as a President. That's on his voters. The wanted to elect cruelty. Bullies are a dime a dozen. They are everywhere. Bullies are like flies circling around your dinner plate. You have to shoo them away and still they come back. Bullies want a free dinner they did not make. Bullies are lazy. Bullies are cruel to those who oppose them and hand out favors to those who kowtow.

Trump is not the problem. Finding another Trump will require no effort because they will come and find you just as flies come and find your dinner.

Hoping our American problem of cruelty addiction will go away is simply denial.

Is government a solution?


Government censorship is problematic and The Fairness Doctrine was always out of sync with the First Amendment.

The moral dilemma is advocating for freedom does not mean advocating for irresponsibility.

The First Amendment advocates irresponsibility presenting absolute rights like with religion and speech. Absolute free speech is absolute irresponsibility. Freedom of religion is freedom of irresponsibility. America has long grappled with this irresponsibility. For example, we outlawed animal sacrifices that are historically central to all religions. We also outlawed bigotry central to most religions. We outlawed yelling fire in a crowded movie house defying absolute free speech. We have tried to compensate for the irresponsibility of absolute rights as required in the Bill of Rights.

We don't live with total, absolute freedom of religion or free speech today. And yet we still suffer irresponsible behavior based upon current absolute interpretations. This is the crux of the problem.

This ever-present absolute irresponsibility is why I am in favor of only reinstating the Fairness Doctrine as a temporary government solution and not a permanent one. We must realize that the Fairness Doctrine is in opposition to the First Amendment.

The fundamental problem is the US Constitution is utter trash. I have many reasons for saying this but one of them happens to be that the US Constitution and specifically the Bill of Rights promotes freedom as freedom of irresponsibility and not freedom of responsibility.

Thus it is today that religion in American is promoting irresponsibility in the name of religion and that irresponsibility is supported by the Bill of Rights. Today the religious are defying social distancing and holding congregation using the First Amendment as protection. And they are right. The First Amendment promotes freedom of irresponsibility by unqualified rights. Some such irresponsibility as with animal sacrifice and bigotry we have dispensed with in defiance of the First Amendment. Who knows, maybe America will similarly pass a law banning religious congregation in times of pandemics.

Irresponsible freedom is baked into the First Amendment of the US Constitution and this is why the Fairness Doctrine was always weak tea. Even so I promote and support bringing back the Fairness Doctrine as a stopgap measure to halt the cruelty addiction bleeding.

As long as the First Amendment exists then the Fairness Doctrine will always be subject to repeal if in fact in can ever be reinstated again.

What is missing from my government argument here so far is that we have multiple governments. So perhaps we can manage cruelty speech at the State and local level.

I am a free speech absolutist with respect to the Federal Government. Everyone in America lives under State government so we could manage speech at the State level. Most Americans live under local government, but not all. Local government seems pointless.

There is a long chain of argument here that I am going to skip. I'm just going to state without argument that censorship and responsible speech should be at the local level, the smallest government. People are never going to agree on what should be censored just like people never agree on what is art. As it has been stated, "I don't know how to define art, I just know it when I see it." I don't how to define what should be censored, I just know it when I see it. This is best set as a community standard.

Federal and State government should be hands off with respect to free speech. Any free speech responsibility perceived today as universal such as yelling fire in a crowded movie theater can simply be enacted by every local government. Easy peasy.

The problem is that our local governments are not set up with speech responsibility tools. Irreni World Scale is. Irreni World Scale defines your local government as sovereign with the same power as the United States Federal government. This local government has a fixed size of thirty people, no more and no less. This government of size thirty is called the micro-modular governing organization, or MGO. Irreni includes technology to censor the internet where no US government can today. This technology is called the cold browser. The cold browser only operates on cold storage data local to your MGO. Your MGO will have both cold and hot networks. The hot network is the internet as we know it today. The cold network only delivers cold storage data. This data is cured for 24-72 hours from the hot network. The cured cold storage data is intended to be heavily censored for not just virus software but also censor peech as defined by your local community standards.

One piece of information is missing here to complete our solution. Addiction requires reuse or reinforcement. Irreni manages cruelty by breaking the cycle of addiction, but does not eliminate hate speech that is available on the hot network. The design makes available to the MGO the cold network as legal network of primary use if desired by that government. The hot network use can be limited to scientific data and little personal use to manage addiction. This is similar to how corporations today filter public information with the corporation using a proxy. Cruelty addiction does not require a ban on cruelty, just frequency of cruelty. People today addicted to cruelty speech must feed that need every day. This is a capitalists' wet dream. This means that without moral imposition then capitalism we practice today will gravitate to cruelty because it is addicting.  The Fairness Doctrine is weak tea because it bans all such speech outright and then again is enacting at the largest governing level.

The Solution


The smallest local government that manages frequency of hate speech then is the solution to our cruelty addiction. The largest of governments enact tyranny and oppression when they censor. The smallest government of local government enforces community standards set by the community when it censors. Therefore local government is the only responsible choice for censorship. Yet today our local governments have no tools to enact speech responsibility. Today local government is often large government with cities like New York having millions of people.

We must adopt Irreni World Scale if we want to have responsible speech.

Irreni World Scale imposes sovereign government power on the smallest unit of government with a design that calls for the MGO, which is fixed size thirty people. The MGO power cannot be trumped. Community standards are final. Further, new technology required for Irreni enables responsible censorship of the hot and cold networks.

So the way I see it right now the solution  is to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, warts and all, until we can bring Irreni World Scale online. We could try bringing online the cold browser without full Irreni implementation and this may provide some relief. The issue is self-defined communities that will not break addiction for those seeking to be addicted.

Join an MGO today!

You can learn more about Irreni World Scale by visiting:

https://irreni.blogspot.com/p/join.html

Cheers!

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Coronavirus Psychology Perspective

Zappy Friday!

Coronavirus Psychology Perspective


My help today in this time of pandemic is to educate about proper psychology perspective in a time of panic and uncertainty. We all might be questioning our own sanity from being in new isolation. We all might be questioning our governing sanity in times of new governing actions.

How should we think about these things?



Well I'm going to start us from a birds-eye view of say an American football game already in progress as if you are a fan who is a also a quarterback. You are the quarterback of your own life and you are specifically trying to gain perspective of new psychological patterns. At the birds-eye view then you are the quarterback of a team not on the field.

Next we will fly closer to the field and take a look. Finally we land and take over as the quarterback and look at things as they are on the ground.

I'm first going to take a psychological perspective that is my own, personal view. Facts. I am going to focus on lying because truth is the foundation that a world view is built on.

  1. Trump is a proven liar. The Washington Post has an ongoing scorecard of all the lies Trump has told. Further Trump is unprecedented liar as a President. Indeed all Presidents lie but Trump is in a class all of his own with total count. As a result then I expect Trump to always be lying. He lies about the coronavirus pandemic daily. Why would I expect anything else?
  2. The Chinese government is a proven liar. Show me anywhere in any communist manifesto written prior to the first communist country  established where censorship and lying are considered the moral way to run a country. You won't find it. China does this every day. They are not communist. China is authoritarian despotism. It always has been. Mao was a tyrant. I bring this up because this is the Chinese government's psychology. This is old news. China's ongoing censorship and lying to its own people every day is well established. If China lies to its own people then why would there ever be any expectation they would tell the truth to the rest of the world? So again as with Trump then why would there exist any expectation that either is ever telling the truth?

Here are two psychological views perhaps you yourself might not have considered when looking at the current situation from a birds-eye view.

  1. Liberal media is spreading lies even when labelling lies. The left is complicit in spreading Trumps' lies for click-bait dollars. In recent days we have seen a bit of a conscience and some remorse for this where some liberal media outlets have said they are going to stop broadcasting Trump's daily briefings on coronavirus response. Uhhhh, this is not a case of better late than never. This is a case of the horse has already left the barn. Spreading lies for money even when calling them lies is a special kind of lying, lying for money. We label cigarettes as dangerous to your health and what effect did that have on smoking by itself? Very little. It wasn't until we banned smoking outright that we got to where we are today. Labelling Trump's lies as dangerous to your health has the same minimal effect as labelling cigarettes dangerous to your health. Trump's lies need to be banned outright.
  2. Trump has engaged in special lying as well. Trump has been promoting the Chinese government has been lying and thus blaming the Chinese government for the severity of the outbreak in the US. This is a special kinda lie. Everyone knows the Chinese government lies. So why the fake outrage over the Chinese government lying? Well, obviously Trump is trying to shift the blame for his lack of response in January and February onto the Chinese government. Lying by blaming known liars for not telling the truth deserves its own name. I'm just going to make up a name. Blaming known liars for not telling the truth is now called a red lie. Trump is telling a red lie. There has never been any expectation that China is ever telling the whole truth. There has always been some truth in what China reports but thinking the report is the whole truth is like expecting the tip of the iceberg to be the whole iceberg. The American government has a spy system specifically to deal with the whole truth. Where are the CIA reports about what's actually going on in China? Hmmmm? It is interesting to me that the Trump government has shown satellite images of the Iranian graveyards of dead from the coronavirus but not the Chinese graveyards. Trump is just red lying to shift blame off himself.

To summarize:

  1. Liberal media has been spreading Trump propaganda and lies with wild abandon for money. Pointing these lies out to be lies is simply political cover or pretend conscience in order to assuage their guilt with some rationalization.
  2. Conservative media and Trump are red lying by pretending a liar has an expectation to tell the truth. They do so in order to shift blame from a lack of response in January and February.

A healthy country with a healthy psychology would have never platformed Trump's lies. We should've never given the liar a mic. But in our capitalist society the love of money Trumps all other morals. In this there is no difference between Trump and the media. They are both amoral. It is all about the Benjamins. The fact that the liberal media puts a "this is a lie" disclaimer on Trump's lies is irrelevant.

Now lets take our birds-eye view for a closer look at the playing field.

Why? Why is publishing lies as lies for money the same as spreading the lie as truth? Or better stated, why doesn't publishing the lie and labelling it a lie work?

This is a question I get asked often. This is why I am writing this helpful essay. People often ask the question of why don't the Trump supporters change their minds when his lies are called out as lies?

Why indeed? Well, in order to understand this we need to get closer in on the ground game.

First if you are asking the question why don't Trump supporters acknowledge  lies when confronted with the truth then you are lying to yourself that you do not do the same thing. Truth is not clear cut, especially when it comes to things we ourselves are incapable of processing. I don't understand the coronavirus as a virus. So when I read a technical assessment of the virus then I just have to accept it. I have no way to discriminate. A simple rule of thumb about lying, or rather recognizing the truth, is that the more intelligent one is then the more capacity one has to discriminate fact from fiction. As humanity then those of us who are so blessed so as to be on the upper end of the intelligence spectrum have an implied responsibility to take care of those less fortunate because the least among us have the least ability to discriminate truth. These are those most vulnerable to lying being seen as truth. The average intelligence is also not above average intelligence. This means those of us with well above average are obligated to take care of not only the most vulnerable but also the average vulnerable. In this liberal media has sold out the average intelligence for click-bait dollars. We live in a time of tabloid journalism. In fact so much so that tabloid journalism is no longer distinguishable. Sensationalism is the news. The only differences between mainstream media and the National Enquirer is that mainstream media will add a disclaimer to some things as being untrue.

So if you are asking yourself why Trump supporters cannot change their minds about Trump's lies then the first psychological view to help you is that truth is not clear cut and to recognize the ability to clear cut truth is an ability. What we are seeing is people being lied too who cannot clear cut truth from lies even when exposed as lies.

Another reason that Trump supporters cannot change their minds is that truth about human desire is relative. The irony here is that Trump supporters will the be the most likely to posit that truth is absolute. Make American Great Again and the American First desires are truths that Trump supporters believe are absolute for all Americans. This is why they feel comfortable using any and all lies to impose them. This is where psychologically we are starting to get into tribalism. Tribes are artificial and arbitrary divisions of humans. Tribal desires are viewed by those in the tribe as absolute truths of human of desires for all people. Tribalism posits that only our tribe has the absolute truth of human desire. Every other tribe is judged by the similarity to our truth of human desire and deemed worthy accordingly.

The truth of human desire has a name. That name is culture. Conservative media has the right of it when they call our existing tensions in America a culture war. Our culture war is a war about the truth of human desire. Culture has a synonym called world view. The difference being that world view applies to both individuals and groups where culture is always describing groups.

When I grew up we read a childhood story in school about the country mouse. The country mouse and the city mouse meet for the first time. The moral to the story is that difference is not necessarily better or worse, but truth of human desire can simply a different truth. This country-mouse childhood story is a live-and-let-live lesson.

Why is this relevant? Because when this country was founded then only ten percent of the population lived in cities. The other ninety percent lived in the country. Today the inverse is true. Today ninety percent live in cities and ten percent live in the country. Okay that's not numerically true but the idea is the same. Today fifty Senators in Washington represent only seventeen percent of the US population. The US government predicts that another twenty percent of the population the currently lives in the country will move to the city in the next couple of decades because that's where the jobs are. Given this then the culture war between the city folk and country folk will only get worse and extremes of lying to match the divide of truth of human desire will increase. A constitution written for a rural American cannot sustain metropolitan America. We are trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

Okay so that is the birds-eye view as we swoop in to land on the field and take a personal view. The US has always been tribes split between country folk and city folk. The demographics of the US are dramatically shifting from countryside to city dweller. These two tribes have never agreed on the truth of human desire. Rather the country folk have always dominated the city folk. One tribe was always stronger than the other. Now things are shifting due to technology. All the jobs are shifting to the cities.

What is the world we desire to live in? City desires are different than country desires.   As folks move to the city then they are losing their religion, their countryside culture. So it is only natural that a culture war erupts when the balance of power shifts between competing tribes. In some respects the game is already over. The city folk are easily going to win just based upon the balance shifting in favor the city fol.

So our closer view of the game we see the two teams as city folk versus country folk.

Now we are going to land and take over as the quarterback in a huddle where the only people can see are those in our tribe.

Huddling like an American football team goes by many psychological tropes. Birds of a feather flock together. Or perhaps confirmation bias is the latest trope where people willingly seek out confirming news sources that only confirm what they already believe.

In any case a huddle is just tribalism. There is safety in numbers, another trope. It is survival instinct and therefore unthought thought taken for granted. This tribal thinking also gets called intuition. Intuition is an axe of truth of human desire used to clear cut information.

Okay then. What can we do about this tribalism? How can we compensate for our natural bias and gain new truths while in a huddle? How can we overcome lies that confirm our identity?  How can we adjust our game play?

Learning is one answer. Learning is the process were we objectively clear cut truth to some absolute frame of reference. American football teams learn by watching video of the other team in order to create new plays. A lack of learning is  something both liberals and conservatives lament about the other side. Both sides of conservative and liberal tribes today lament that the other side cannot learn plays from the other side. This is a source of frustration for everyone and especially to the pro-life movement. I believe the pro-life movement is sincere in their wanting to see their truth of human desire adopted as an absolute, universal truth of human desire. What the pro-life movement refuses to see is that human desire is relative and that this true even for slavery. Slavery desire requires the constant education of humans to reject slavery just has with the truth with holocaust education.  If our truth of human desire changes back to wanting slavery then slavery will make a comeback. Slavery is not an absolute moral. There is no absolute human desire.

Learning will fail if it attempts to teach absolute human desires. Learning is a constant process to reinforce relative truth of desire.

In addition, learning takes a long time in order to change emotional identity.
People don't change their identity easily. We are not computers that can simply reboot using another operating system such as Linux to replace Windows. The same lesson needs to be taught over and over again. I give the pro-life movement credit for teaching the same lesson ad-nausem. However, I fault them for not knowing when to give up. Technology will soon make abortion moot as technology will enable pregnancy to only ever be planned.

Learning is frustrated because huddling together for identity is culture. It is a feedback loop. It is the feedback loop that is most important to sustain our identity and not the content of the loop itself. Humans evolved to value social group existence over personal existence. Therefore our truth of human desire is culture identity first, content of the identity second.

If we cannot learn within the huddle then can we just teach ourselves to break out of the huddle?

Some of us have always existed outside the huddle. In human nature some of us do not identify strongly with groups. We are often called free thinkers. We are often called atheists. The point is though that we reject our tribe's identity in preference to one of our own creation. I am such a person. Some people might think this makes us objective because we can observe tribes from a distance. That's absurd. We are subjective. We are subjective to the huddle of  our culture of one.

This notion that we are all trapped in a huddle of culture of some kind has recently been expressed by Jordan Peterson. Jordan Peterson is a psychologist out of Canada of some fame in pop culture today. He posits that atheists are all murderers and rapists because they have no moral god to rule and discipline them. Peterson goes on to argue that given science has shown that murderers and rapists are mentally unstable then Peterson concludes there are no atheists. To Peterson people in culture who are peaceful and call themselves atheists are just cultural Christians. Everyone is religious in Peterson's world view except the mentally deficient. There only exists the overt religious people and cultural religious people. This is the same way we think of all Jews as either cultural Jews or observing Jews.  Atheism is cultural Christianity to Jordan Peterson. If that's true then the word atheism defines some Christian adjacent value system evolution and science replace god and that kind of thing. This is a common argument lobbed at us atheists. We are often accused of substituting a god of religion with evolution and science.

Sam Harris is a public atheist who takes exception to Peterson's kind of thinking. Sam argues that atheism is a lack of belief. Sam argues that lack of belief defines nothing just like the lack of belief in the Easter Bunny does not define any culture world over for those people who do not believe in the Easter Bunny and have never heard of it. Sam Harris and most atheists reject Peterson's view.

So which is it? Can we break out of the tribal huddle and be free?  Or are those of us who believe we are not in the huddle just cultural Christians where we substitute things like science and evolution for culture? Can any of us ever expect to be truly disconnected from culture even for a moment and so be free to change our minds about a lie?

Sam Harris would freely admit he is a product of his culture and since he grew up in a Christian culture then he is Christian culture adjacent. The question here is not of kind but of degree. What degree? Free-thinkers are anti-group. I cannot stress this enough. Free-thinkers are anti-group. On the whole we are not joiners. We don't join groups. What this means is we are counter-culture or against culture. That is our psychology. The upshot is that atheists will not congregate with each other or the greater culture at large.

Atheists unite! Free-thinkers unite! These are jokes in the free-thinking community. Sam attributes this lack of huddling to a lack of belief defining no common cause. I see the correct psychological perspective as what Grouch Marx observed:

I will join no group that would have me as its member.

This is clarion call of free-thinkers who are also anti-joiners.

The answer then is we cannot be free of culture, but we can be anti-culture or counter culture by choice. 

The point here is that we all huddle even it is with just by ourself in opposition to others. 

Here's a question: what culture are the non-religious today? They represent twenty-percent of American culture. They are not free-thinkers like myself.  We cannot see a genetic-shift overnight to a new set of twenty percent free-thinkers who are anti-joiners. The natural  percent of free thinkers such as myself who are anti-joiners hasn't changed, we are probably still at around one-to-three percent. It would be a culture catastrophe if that were the case. One might speculate that such anti-joiners do serve a purpose as lubricant necessary in evolution to keep tribes from killing each other by acting as traitors, subversives, and ambassadors between tribes. We are an evolutionary necessity that facilitates maintaining competing tribalism for genetic diversity. Live and let live. However, too many free-thinkers and your cultural cohesion fails apart. So what culture are the non-religious in the US today? I'd argue they are a bench culture. They are on the sideline waiting to decide. They loosely align with traditional culture but will seemingly run counter-culture at the drop of a hat.

So that is our quarterback-in-a-huddle psychological world view. We all belong to a tribe that shares truth of human desire, even free thinkers. Many of us are side-lined or benched because we are waiting on some new culture to emerge. This is causing cultural stress. The US is in some ways like a conquered nation where the existing culture was destroyed and changes have made reinstating previous culture is nigh impossible.

One final note on this. I am overgeneralizing. All of us have degrees of character traits. For example, we are all on a gender spectrum of male-to-female for all our personality traits. We all have some degree of free-thinking. Those of us with dominant free-thinking personalities such as myself still culturally identify with the greater culture on some points. So Peterson does have point in that regard. What Peterson gets wrong is that free-thinkers will identify with the wider culture in seemingly random ways. This aligns more with Sam Harris who believes lack of belief defines nothing. Free-thinkers align with different parts of the greater culture capriciously and arbitrarily. This is also going to be true of the twenty-percent of non-religious on the side-lines trying to figure out who they culturally want to be. They are occasionally counter-cultural but are seeking a new one. Free thinkers are always anti-culture.

The best we can do to update lies while in a huddle is to learn the same lesson repeatedly and plan for social change over a long period time while we are in huddle.

What about when we engage each other in opposition? Can we accept new truth then? And now we are going to get out of the huddle and execute a play. Once that happens then our tribes mix with each other. Defense and offense members trade places between the tribes. Then things get messy. Some of your team members are trying to stop the opposing team and some are trying to further the ball downfield.

Conservative media engages the opposition while stuck in psychological quicksand of their own making today. They are stuck sinking in confirmation-bias quicksand in perpetual huddle. They can't run plays.  If you only huddle in confirmation bias media then your team cannot break and move the ball downfield. At some level I believe some in the MAGA movement are sincere in wanting to run plays to convert independents in America to their truth of human desire defined as a conservative American. These conservatives realize that unless they convince more people to their side that their nationalism will fail. There also exists in conservative tribe the factions that have no interest in the converting others and instead are in favor of the tyranny and oppression. This play-book has plays of white supremacy and religious supremacy and they are on the rise.

Liberal media plays are likewise stuck is in psychological quicksand, that of meta-culture. Liberal culture has a cultural value that conservatives do not have that is known as live-and-let-live, or tolerance. I believe some of the frustration of non-Trump supporters with Trump supporters is meta-culture awareness. Trump exemplifies primitive all-or-nothing tribal instincts where one lacks meta-culture awareness. His black-and-white language of winners and losers excludes live-and-let-live. Trump supporters have no world view of side-by-side culture. MAGA is an all or nothing proposition where everyone must be a Christian or they are the enemy to be destroyed. Atheists and free-thinkers such as myself are not welcome in the conservative movement because we criticize everyone. Therefore we align with the liberal movement because tolerance of a culture-of-one is no different than tolerance any other different culture. Liberals are still stuck though and unable to run a play to defeat to primitive tribalism when expecting meta-cultural opponents and not primitive oppenents. They are stuck.

Another example of liberal meta-culture quicksand is the so called social justice warriors who are accelerating the fracturing of larger cultures into a much larger subset of cultures. SJWs are challenging the rate at which a larger culture can sub-divide. This is not a statement about what is justice,  but what is practical. We often hear the trope of someone's grandparent being racist and yet we just leave them be because they are too old to change. Cultures are slow to change. The quicksand of the SJWs is the slow rate of culture change is resisting their desired pace of fracturing larger culture into smaller pieces that they are demanding. This quicksand also includes liberal culture at large.

Another meta-culture quicksand for liberals is  the bench of sidelined  new cultural seekers who at times identify with conservative culture. They are very unsure of their truth of human desire.  Liberal culture has far less cohesion of culture than conservative culture. Advantage goes to conservative culture here. Liberal culture is in a state of flux where traditions and norms are being rewritten daily and conservative culture is a frequently used as a safe haven.

That's our huddle perspective as a quarterback. We cannot expect lies to be learned as lies while people are huddled and we cannot run plays while trapped in quicksand.

How did we get here?

Humanity started modern physics by believing an absolute frame of reference in space existed. This reference was called the Ether. One could measure an inch of space and it was fixed. This turned out not to be true. Space is expanding. In the same vein religion started modern culture believing that the truth of human desire was an absolute culture frame of reference in culture existed. Thus religions all have a stated objective of mono-culture. Religions have all taught that moral objectivity exists and that the best culture is a single culture of that one religion. This turned out not to be true. Culture is expanding but we have to date no expanding theory of culture.

This ends our psychological journey. We started out at a birds-eye view looking down at an entire field  of play and then zoomed in until we landed in a huddle where we our view is limited to just our tribe.

Our identity is not subject to change with notice when something we hold true is exposed as a lie. We cannot change our identity. Any liar then can tap into a tribe's identity can be accepted as a truth teller when lying if the lie maps to culture. The truth they are telling is speaking to the truth of human desire. This is the  old lemming trope where lemmings willing go over the cliff to their deaths simply by following the tribe.

The answer as to why Trump supporters believe lies are true even when lies are exposed as such is culture.

This truth applies to liberal culture such as it is today, even as it is in flux. Twenty-years from now the liberal culture is going to be hand-ringing mocking Trump. Trump is mentally impaired. We shouldn't make fun of the mentally impaired. Trump has no empathy. Trump could murder millions, eat a cheeseburger, and sleep easy. That is not his fault. It was not his choice. He was born that way and further conditioned by a dysfunctional childhood. The cultural issue has always been Trump's voters. Why are we putting the mentally ill in charge of the country? That's a cultural moral failure and it is not just of those who voted for Trump because we all share responsibility. The country is undergoing a massive cultural shift in identity from countryside to city dweller and countryside folk are threatened.  This American identity change is frightening to people who feel their culture is disappearing out of their control. The difference between liberals and conservatives today in this regard is that liberals do not have an established culture where conservatives do. Conservatives want to retain their culture. Liberals don't have an established culture to recommend because liberals are trying to define one.

Liberal responsibility for managing truth of human desire comes in two forms today while our liberal culture is in chaos. First we must admit we have intelligence on our side and therefore the lion's share of the responsibility falls on us. Finger pointing at Trump supporters is fruitless. They will not have answers. Further we must admit that even we liberals are unsettled ourselves by not having a well defined culture to offer up to conservatives as an alternative. As a free thinker I'm at ease with a culture of one, but most are not. We cannot offer conservatives a straight up culture replacement today.

So what is the answer here to our culture wars?

Let's take stock. We have the conservative movement with a well-defined cultural identity. We have a liberal movement with a cultural identity in turmoil. Conservatives are incorrect in positing that the culture war is one of conservative versus liberal. The culture war is one of conservatives against liberal culture in turmoil. The liberals in this sense are an easy target because they are in disarray. However the conservatives are still at an even bigger disadvantage because they are losing population in their tribe. The city dwellers are gaining countryside population and converting conservatives to liberalism simply by this fact alone.

Where does that leave us? Well, nowhere. We are nowhere.

Except with Irreni World Scale.

Irreni World Scale has the correct psychological assessment of tribalism. Irreni divides the existing worlds from its existing two-hundred some countries today into two-hundred million tribes tomorrow. These tribes have thirty people and are called MGOs for micro-modular governing organizations. Further Irreni is a balanced tribal system that enforces that the most intelligent of our species are obligated to take care of those with less intelligence. The intelligent minority is not allowed to huddle in primary government. Instead each MGO is balanced with an overall intelligence quotient per MGO. This is not be fair but instead is an acknowledgement of a moral. That moral is humans need to take care of each other as a universal truth of human desire. Everyone is in. This means people of exceptional talents must spread out and not be allowed to congregate as birds of a feather and then dominate everyone else.  This is our fate and will happen if we do not deliberately design culture accordingly today.

Irreni World Scale is not a full blown culture, it has only a few universal truths of human desire. This is because Irreni is not a culture, it is a meta-culture. Irreni is not a government but a meta-government. Once we agree upon the few universal truths of human desire included in Irreni then we afford the optimal environment for freedom of choice of culture. Each MGO can have a highly specific culture as they want as long as tyranny and oppression are not included.

Truth of reality cannot trump truth of human desire that is culture and identity. That is human nature. Trump is simply playing into our nature and liberal media is enabling Trump by massively spreading Trump's lies and thus promoting culture war. Trump's lies feed into an identity that has increasing felt threatened by the changing demographics of the US becoming more urban. Trump's supporters accept his lies as truth to retain culture. As a consequence our current culture is devolving into unthought thought of pure tribalism. If we continue on this path and do not change by adopting Irreni World Scale then we can expect new levels of violence to ensue. Violence is unthought thought. People today do not understand that the pen is mightier than the gun and the computer is mightier than the pen. Such people are hoarding guns. Think of all the money they are wasting on guns and think of how powerless they will be to computer tyranny.

People often ask the question why don't the Trump supporters change their minds when his lies are called out? The short answer is truth of cultural and personal identity trumps truth of objective reality. The solution is to adopt new governing called Irreni World Scale that manages our tribal nature before we tear each other apart either due to lack of culture on the left or the right fighting a left that is in cultural disarray.


Join an MGO today!

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Cheers!

Benefit of cooperation replaces rule of law!

Freethinkers unite!

Freedom!

Party On!

Let's get cracking!

Voluntarily Reject Demagoguery!

Politics as Science!

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!



 










Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Pandemics & Large Scale Projects

Happy Tuesday!

Large Scale Projects




My help today in this time of pandemic is to educate about large scale projects. An pandemic response is a large scale project. The US government with three-hundred million people is a large scale project.

How should we think about these things?

Immediate life-and-death trade-offs are needed in a pandemic. Ongoing life-and-death trade-offs are ever present in governing. My favorite thought exercise for life-and-death scenarios is life-boat ethics.  Life boat  ethics is a thought experiment similar to the now popular trolley car experiment. I don't like the trolley car version because only one person is involved. In a life boat there only enough resources for say one person on the life boat and then three people involved need to come to a decision where in the trolley scenario only a single person is making the decision. Having multiple people discuss the decision is our pandemic reality today.

Plus with life-boat ethics you get jokes like this one. Bill Clinton, the Pope, and Mayor Daly of Chicago are all on a life boat with only enough water for one person to survive until help arrives. So how to decide? They all agree to take a vote. So they get out pen and paper and write down their votes. Bill Clinton goes first in revealing his vote. Bill voted for himself. The Pope goes, "tsk, tsk, why would you do that?" Bill Clinton says, "As the President of the United States I'm the leader of the free world so it is most important I survive." The Pope's up next. He turns over his vote and he also cast a vote for himself. Bill Clinton goes, "tsk, tsk, what's up with that?" The Pope says, "I'm God's chosen emissary on earth and therefore I should survive." So it looks like it is going to be a stalemate unless Mayor Daly voted for one of the other two. Everyone stares at each other quite some time. After which Mayor Daly smiles, hops up,  flips his vote over and there are over three-hundred marks and he says, "I voted for myself and so did all the dead people in Chicago, I win!"

Life Boat Ethics Today


So what life-boat ethics are we being inundated with today?

  1. Herd immunity: This is the do nothing approach. Just let people die and build up herd immunity. The fundamental flaw with this is that far more people will die of things not coronavirus due to hospitals being overwhelmed. This is what is playing out in Italy. It is not just the people with the coronavirus that die, it is also people who would otherwise get treatment but cannot because the hospital is overwhelmed treating coronavirus victims.
  2. Flatten the curve: This is the herd immunity strategy but revised to flatten the curve of new  cases so that hospitals do not get overwhelmed. The fundamental flaw with this is that we have no idea how many people are going to die because of shutting down the economy. Trump is claiming without evidence that keeping the economy shut down will result in more deaths than our current strategy. The fact is we have no historical data on deaths due to shutting down the economy in order to make any claim. We don't know.
  3. Hybrid of herd and flatten: Reopen the economy earlier than curve-flattening projections recommend. We've flattened the curve somewhat but we are just going to run with herd immunity now. The fundamental flaw with this approach is it is straight up gambling. Given Trump's casinos I can understand why he thinks gambling is okay. I'm not a gambler. I'm horrified with this solution. We have no idea how many people are going to die because of the shutdown or who and how to stop that from happening. Not only is this risky, but the risk amount itself is unknown. However,  we do know more deaths will happen due to hospital capacity by jumping the gun on flattening the curve.

Of course life-boat ethics is about more than just body count as both the Mayor Daly joke relates and as the trolley-car dilemma specifies. Are women and children saved first? There are people suggesting that since the highest risk is to the elderly then a herd immunity strategy is acceptable. Unnh, no. Ethics 101. A civilization is best judged by its capacity to take of the least among them. Any society that does not take of the elderly, the weak, the young, and the least among them is uncivilized. People who want to sacrifice the elderly are uncivilized.

One other reason I prefer life-boat ethics over trolley ethics is the set of rich traditions such as women and children first. The captain always goes down with the ship. Never leave a soldier behind. Back in the day prior to the American Civil War then the Generals of an army rode in the front line. Ethics. Soldiers also picked their officers. The point here is that the person making the decisions about who gets to live and die should be first in line to die. One of my favorite George Washington stories is from when he served as a British Officer. In one battle with the native Americans he was the only officer to survive. All the others were killed. One account of the battle retold the battle as  Washington leading the charge. Washington was six-feet tall. In that era six-feet was noticeably taller. As the biggest and richest guy then Washington also had the biggest horse. Washington lead the charge into battle as the easiest target to hit and yet was the only one to survive. That's life boat ethics. Washington continued to lead the charge into battle even during the Revolutionary War until finally about half way through the war his officers convinced him to stay behind. Think about it. The iconic painting of Washington on a boat in the Delaware river is not just imagination. Washington probably was on the lead boat, standing up, making an easy target of himself.

Can you imagine Washington as President today being informed that the elderly were the most at risk of dying if we opened the economy early and Washington going, "yeah let's do that?"

Again, one thing I think most of us can agree upon is that one measure of our worth is how well we take care of the least among us and therefore our life-boat ethics should target an unqualified life-and-death count. Of course minimizing death counts requires specific remedies for specific demographics like the elderly. Being fair about resources is unethical.

So now that we have dispensed with life-boat ethics then let's talk about solutions.

Solutions


Now what? Well, let's the try the obvious. Put your best people on it. The best and the brightest. Let them ponder the problem and hopefully they can provide a best case scenario. We trust the experts to realize the best solution a society can offer.

But do we?

Let's take a quick detour down memory lane about "the best and brightest."

I am an aconstitutionist. I do not believe in constitutional government as the best solution. If you think being a atheist is bad, try being an aconstitutionist. I am an atheist and an aconstitutionist for the same reason: lack of evidence.

In our case here I'm specifically referring to "the best and the brightest" hypothesis embedded in the US Constitution. The meritocracy claim was initially made by Thomas Paine. Paine argued that governing is a large scale project and required the best and brightest. He argued that governing is complicated and you need your best person on it. Paine further went on to ridicule monarchy as the worst and the dumbest. Not the least of his arguments was monarchy reduced mental capability due to inbreeding.

Voting on a large scale then was a hypothesis of the best and brightest being relative to monarchy. Still though even back then they didn't trust the average voter completely. This is why the President was chosen by the Congress and not by popular vote.

The US Constitution is an abysmal failure and collosal trash on so many levels but you only need one reason to dispatch with it completely. Voting does not give us the best and brightest. Voting gives us the worst and the dumbest. The worst can be thought of as the most corrupt.

Here's the kicker. We've known this for over one hundred years.


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” ― H.L. Mencken, On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe





The experiment failed. The experiment of constitutional government has failed. The hypothesis of meritocracy by voting has failed. We are not electing representatives to either Congress or the White House who are the best and brightest. We are electing the worst and dumbest. We are the electing the most corrupt. Democracy is done. Stick a fork in it.



This failure is our demise today regarding the coronavirus. We are literally running the monkey experiment. The monkey experiment is when you take a monkey and you give  the monkey a typewriter. You have the monkey start typing until the monkey types the collected works of William Shakespeare. Of course that's never going to happen. And so it is that the political solution for a pandemic is never going to happen in our Democracy today. We don't have the best and brightest.

John Oliver actually joked about this as a Wombat flying an airplane.



But it is not just the President.

Mark Twain noted, “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

Albert Einstein observed that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We keep electing the worst and dumbest expecting them to execute as the best and brightest.

We Americans are insane. We expect each election to vote in the best and brightest of the choices we are offered when in fact our choices are not the lesser of two evils, but rather the lesser of the two dumbest.

A wombat can't fly an airplane. A monkey cannot type William Shakespeare. The worst and dumbest cannot run a large scale project created by the best and brightest.

Our world is getting better and brighter every day by technology created by the smartest people society has. Our politics is being run by the dumbest and they are getting dumber.

This is why I am an aconstitutionist. Voting is fundamental to Democracy. Remove voting and you have no Democracy.

The risk of having the worst and dumbest running the world goes up every day as population increases and technology increases. The complexity of the world is increasing daily. The mistakes made by the dumbest and the worst will cost us more and more each year and we are seeing this play out in this pandemic.

We are in an impossible situation created by voting not being a meritocracy. We are asking dumb people to do the smartest thing.

How did we get here?


Did the founders see this coming? Provide a solution?

Well, the originators of the US Constitution did see some inherent flaws that were passed anyway. Adams opined, "Whoa be the day the voters realize they can vote themselves money." Because of this flaw then Adams predicated the US Constitution experiment would only last one twenty years. Jefferson saw the mountain of centuries of laws piling up in England as the tyranny of the dead over the living. Because of this Jefferson proposed an amendment to have each generation write its own constitution. However, none of them anticipated that the meritocracy hypothesis of voting would fail. Hamilton wanted a monarchy for President but his reasons for advocating for this were purely political and not based on any evidence that voting was inferior.

This essay is entitled, "Large Scale Projects". Voting does work at smaller scales. This is why voting was chosen initially because it worked at the small scale of colonies. At small scales on the order of one-hundred to say a thousand people then voting does have some validity with respect to being a meritocracy. Where the line of population size where voting breaks down  is not the point of this essay,  but rather this essay simply points out that for large scale projects voting does not result in the best and brightest leaders that are required to run large scale projects of complex systems. Voting produces the worst and dumbest leaders for large scale projects. It is time to move on.

I guess the first thing I want to say here is to set expectations. The US government in its current form is going to crumble under the weight of complexity being lead by the worst idiots among us in both Congress and as President. Our pandemic response expectations then should be set accordingly. Whatever solution any of them come up with will be stupid and the worst corruption. Future response will be even worse as complexity increases.

If we can't vote the best and the brightest into office that are needed to run the the US government then what? There have been many proposals, all of them in science fiction.

I grew up reading science-fiction. Of course as a kid I assumed everyone was reading the same thing as I was. I was confused by what I was seeing in society around me as I grew older because our politics are so juvenile compared to future governments being proposed as new experiments by science fiction writers.

So how do we get the best and brightest according to science fiction? Again these are just hypothesis because none of them have been tried in the real world.

Computers


Far and away the most popular solution for managing complex governing is AI, or artificial intelligence. Why? Because computers have more memory and more processing power than any one human. If AI were our government today  managing the pandemic then we would feed all the data into that AI  and then it would spit out the plan for minimizing death count. We would then implement that plan.

The upside to this is that in fact one day soon a computer will the best and brightest at making large scale project decisions.

What are the downsides?

First off, people won't trust the computer. People will resent the computer. A government is inherently a feedback loop meaning that if people don't trust government  then the project will fail simply for the lack of trust. Trust is one variable a computer cannot solve for.

Second is that computers have no empathy. A computer may indeed crank out a solution that is weighted heavily against one demographic like the elderly. Of course one can keep putting new constraints on the program to avoid such outcomes but ultimately that starts converging onto a human solution masquerading as an AI solution.

Computers are also prone to what we call in the industry simply, "garbage in, garbage out", or GIGO. The computer has to get its data from somewhere. That somewhere is humans who can indirectly program the computer with GIGO in order to favor a solution and game the system via input data.

There are many entertainment programs with AI running the world. One of the better representations of this dilemma of humans and AI is on Star Trek The Next Generation and Commander Data's learning empathy. A simpler representation is the movie, "War Games",  where the global thermal nuclear war simulation is accidentally plugged into real systems.

Computers running the world are rampant in science fiction writing, television and in movies.

Computers destroying the world are rampant as with the Terminator series of movies where the AI becomes sentient and decides the best approach to life is to kill all humans.

Or we have "Matrix" series of movies where humans become the consciousness device for AI and these human-AI hybrids take over the world.

So should we trust computers to run the word? First off, everything above is hypothetical and never tested. This means we don't know. We have to form a hypothesis and conduct and experiment. If we are going to go down this path of trusting AI then we must do so with caution. Baby steps.

However we can do a much better job of utilizing our AI we have today than we are. For example, there are no AI pandemic simulations today the encompass both economic and disease scenarios. There are no AI simulations to give us even a hint at balancing shutting down economies with herd immunity. We can certainly start down that path.

Can we trust AI with final decions? We don't know. We don't really know how much we can trust AI because we haven't tried yet at the large scale.

Genetic Engineering



Probably the best thought experiment in science fiction regarding genetic engineering is the Dune series of books by Frank Herbert. Genetic engineering is easily as ubiquitous in science fiction for future governing as computers are.

One warning I think worth mentioning here is that monarchy is expected to make a comeback due to genetic engineering.

Initially genetic engineering is going to be expensive and exclusive to the rich. The rich will artificiality make themselves the best and the brightest. The rich will then promote monarchy as the optimal way to mange complexity by an elite group of inbred genetic superiority. Most science fiction writers predict this is going to be a difficult argument to beat back except with AI.

One of my favorite books on this topic is from 1969 in the book, "Lord of Light", by Roger Zelazny. In that book Zelazny predicts that there will be factions within the genetic elite. One faction will stop genetic engineering from spreading within humanity in general  and leave the rest of humanity to natural genetic selection. This will be the ruling faction. The resistance will wage a war of what Zelazny coined as "accelerationism", which is the right for all people to have access to genetic engineering.

So there is a moral here. Be careful what you wish for with clamoring for meritocracy going forward. Specifically right now there are many people recommending that our Representatives and the President be  subject to testing much like a college exam. However, we are in a short window of time before genetic engineering comes online. Further, Orson Scott Card in the book "Ender's Game" posits there will be cheating where people will get chordical implants with direct AI interface to their brain. These people will be able to cheat and give the appearance of meritocracy.

Can we trust genetic engineering? Again, we don't know cause we have no data.

Cloning & Cybernetics


The Matrix movies are a form of cybernetics where AI uses human consciousness to generate AI consciousness as a hive mind. This is similar to the Borg in Star Trek. To me this is just another form of AI where the humans are enslaved.

Cybernetics for this discussion is more along the lines of the TV show, "Altered Carbon" where humans are in control of AI. The rich use cloning and cybernetics to rule. However, there is no hive mind like with the Borg in the Matrix. Human egos still abound. There is no monarchy either although there are rich families that run the show. Orson Scott Card's method cheating  using a chordical implant to give the appearance of natural intelligence is also cybernetics.

Can we trust cloning and cybernetics?  Again, we don't know because we have no data. 

Longevity


Indefinite lifespans is probably the most common theme in science fiction albeit within the same body or multiple bodies. To be honest I never really read much where longevity itself was a  solution for large scale project governing. This is because the technology level for longevity is synonymous with genetic engineering that allows for improving intelligence. I mean why limit yourself to just longevity? Now longevity does factor into current and future life-boat ethics, for sure. But longevity in and of itself does not make an argument for better government.

We can dismiss longevity.


Analysis


Those are our possibilities for managing the growing complexity of governing: computers, genetic engineering, and cloning with cybernetics. Our problem is that we have no data to analyze yet they are all soon to come. Creating any new governing solution now that does not take these technologies into account is short-sighted. All of these options for complexity governing are going to become available in the not to distant future.

If we just let things play out without change using today's government then the most likely scenario in my opinion is a genetic engineering monarchy assisted by AI. The question is will genetic engineering monarchy assisted by AI result in tyranny or freedom for the masses? We have no experience and no data on the outcome of genetic engineered people running  government so any conclusions are impossible.

However, based upon nature we can observe where the tensions lie for any future governing to deal with. Someone once stated that every person has the right to risk their own life in order to save it. Many philosophers have posited what Charles Dickens stated as "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." Frank Herbert extrapolated that the optimal path to maximal tyranny is to encourage the largest population possible so as to flatten freedom in order to supply the needs of the many. In other words more overall needs restricts personal freedom. In other words the less the population the more freedom. There exists some balance of population size and optimal freedom that defeats the needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few or the one.

The problem with AI running the world is that it cannot balance population size with optimal freedom because what people see as freedom changes in real time. This is know as the butterfly effect where a small change in the system will impact the entire system. Every new person born into a system of optimal freedom will reconfigure the freedom parameters. The best theoretical  future AI cannot keep up with so many variables unless it severely restricts population size. In fact the limit of small population size of such calculus is expressed in the Terminator movies where the optimal solution is to just kill everyone and freedom is infinite because there are no humans.

The lesson from science fiction is that there is no optimal best and brightest solution; just good and bright because ever changing freedom choices will always raise and lower freedom levels simultaneously and the choice of who gets the more freedom is arbitrary.  Or in other words the individual choice has precedent sometimes over overall governing choice. When and where is arbitrary. That arbitrariness is best left to humans and not computers.

Future government then must be a large project system that enables individual choice that puts the needs of the one or the few over the many in some managed fashion. This observation was stated in a Star Trek movie the argument was simply an emotional appeal and not reasoned as just presented.

Irerni World Scale


The upshot is here that government will always and forever more be experimental. The experiment will always be to provide each generation with as many governing knobs, buttons, and whistles as possible for selecting new forms of governing. What we need is a permanent massive experimental system of governing that is always changing and not fixed like with constitutions as we have today. This is why I am an aconstitutionist in general and not just with regards to the US Constitution.

One of these sets of governing knobs, buttons, and whistles will always include Democracy.  Or any other form of historical government, including theocracy. Okay this is confusing. Think of it this way. The choice of government is government. So how do we make sense of all this? Sense making is accomplished using empirical data, the same as with any experiment. Thus it is that Irreni World Scale is a refereeing system and not a rule of law system.

In order to continue this discussion of a solution to our large scale projects like a pandemic response then I need to take a moment and explain Irreni World Scale and how it solves the problem.

All experiments require a hypothesis. Irreni enforces that a new government hypothesis cannot on its face claim to make things more tyrannical or worse off for existing people. In other words, in the future one can start any new kind of theocracy or authoritarianism government as long as the hypothesis on its face will seemingly produce better quality of life for people. The hypothesis has to make sense and judging that hypothesis is part of the refereeing system. If someone wants to propose dictatorship as being best then they just have to convince the Irreni refereeing board the hypothesis has merit. If so then an experiment can commence. The experiment hypothesis is a constitution. However, its scale is small and its existence is subject to empirical proof of efficacy and if there is no efficacy then the constitution is scrubbed like any failed experiment. Today constitutions are permanent.

In addition to empirical results then Irreni also has one other anti-tyranny design feature: scale. One must prove that any new government design works on a small scale of thirty people first. The smallest from of government in Irreni is also the starting point for any new government. It is called the MGO or micro-modular governing organization.  This small scale approach prohibits starting new government types using populations larger than thirty. Theoretically there may well exist governments that can only be realized by starting them at some larger population like say a billion people. But realize the prime directive of any large scale governing  project is to enable individual choice that puts the needs of the one or the few over the many at times. This is inherently antagonistic to experiments that start with large populations. MGOs in Irreni are sovereign, not the governments built from the smaller blocks. The smallest government in Irreni has final authority. A single individual can petition their MGO. This MGO can then to decide to remove itself from any larger governing body. This is how a single individual can change even the largest scale project.

Irreni is large scale government that is realized through measuring empirical data against stated objectives and not human rights. In Irreni a group of people can offer to sacrifice their human rights as a matter of course. Human rights are just a standard for refereeing. Today human rights are naive when it comes to freedom. For example the right to free speech is limited in many ways. We limit advertising for child entertainment in order to protect children from being influenced into trying addictive substances like alcohol or tobacco. Therefore when we watch child entertainment along with our kids than our right to free speech to see alcohol and tobacco ads is also restricted. Human rights today are pretend absolute. We actually referee them. However the formal system treats human rights as absolutes first and refereeing them is an unreasonably  high bar.

The abortion right is probably the one topic where the concept of an absolute human right is exposed as a flawed governing design. The biological point where impregnation goes from egg to person is indeterminate. We'll never know. The pro-life argument is that it is better safe than sorry and then to assume the fertilized egg is a person. However, after fifty years of caterwauling about this the pro-life movement hasn't changes hearts and minds of those who don't agree with them. It is safe to say this will never happen. The human right to life from the pro-life perspective is failed and always will be. Irreni is not designed to consider absolute human rights. Irreni is a refereeing system. There are no absolute rights. Instead people vote and otherwise set standards for empirical analysis of improving life. Each day in an Irreni system the empirical data of overall quality of life is collected for everyone. If some MGO quality of life goes down based upon some set standard of overall quality then MGO groups are disbanded per refereeing guidelines. In the Irreni future the pro-life people will then need to make the case to a population at large to weigh abortion as a factor. The weight of abortion as a part of overall quality of life is determined by everyone participating in the overall standard.

You will have the capability in Irreni World Scale to establish any form of government you choose with your MGO  providing your constitution for that MGO isn't apparently tyrannical. Constitutions and voting do work on a small scale. They do not work for large scale projects. Your immediate government of the MGO can be Democracy.

Irreni's design is inherently side-by-side and not top-down with other governments. MGOs can be installed side-by-side with any government today. The starting point is to start collecting empirical data and to set  standards for defining refereeing guidelines of overall quality of life based on the empirical data.

This means that Irreni can exist as ad addition to any existing governing body.

That's all you need to know about Irreni so as to make the argument improving for large scale projects like a pandemic response.

Best And Brightest Solution For Increasing Complexity


How do we get the best and brightest to run our ever increasingly complex society without running into the pitfalls of genetic engineering, AI, cloning, or cybernetics? Or better stated, how do we get the best and brightest to run our ever increasingly complex society by taking advantage of the best that genetic engineering, AI, cloning and cybernetics have to offer?

First we have no data on future technology like we have no data right now on the impact of a government shutdown today. We need to collect data.

We need experiments then. To conduct experiments we need a lab. That lab will then collect the data. We need genetic engineering labs, AI labs, cloning labs, and cybernetic labs. I'm not talking labs for developing the technology. I'm talking labs for using the technology to help us govern and make the best and brightest decisions for governing complex systems.

Instant gratification is not going to happen. In fact this is going to be a long hard slog. It has to be. Why? Because humans have inherently different wants and needs that are ever changing. We are shooting a moving target. Unifying those collective wants and needs into a coherent governing solution must be a long hard slog.

What we need then is a meta-government. A meta-government of experimental governments. Further this government of experimental governments is permanent because people's wants and needs are ever changing and that includes the new born of every tomorrow. We must have this meta-government if we do not want fixed governments like we have today that target ideal population sizes mapped to Earth's fixed resources. If that happens then tyranny and oppression is ensured because winners and losers as to who has access to resources will be the prerogative of the rulers.

Irreni World Scale is a government that continually increases the capacity to have the best and the brightest make governing decisions all the while optimizing freedom of the individual. Irreni achieves this by analyzing empirical data and measuring overall quality of life for everyone on planet Earth. In other words we don't pick a fixed who or how that is needed to realize best and brightest decisions. Instead governing for large scale projects using Irreni relies on empirical data from many competing experiments. We answer the question of are you actually realizing better and brighter solutions every day. We are free to choose to always change.

Irreni World Scale is designed to start today. Irreni is designed to start with just an initial thirty people. Over time as more people join the Irreni World Scale system then the more effective Irreni World Scale system will become. Since Irreni World Scale is an experimental empirical system that measures overall quality then it is the large scale project solution to our pandemic problems today.

This is going to take time. The timeline for full US adoption of Irreni is two-hundred years. Two-hundred years is the earliest I can see Irreni replacing the US Constitution and our current States and local government. In the meantime we must expect gradual improvements. We cannot expect dramatic improvements in handling future large scale pandemic projects precisely because we a.) don't have the best and brightest governing today and b.) we don't know how to improve best and brightest governing.  We need to experiment. We need to have a meta-government like Irreni that fosters permanent ongoing governing experiments that start at a small scale and then build out from there.

This has been your pandemic help for today. Large scale projects do not lend themselves to simple solutions. Simple solutions do not exist for complex problems with a large number of variables. Permanent experiments that scale from small to large in a meta-governing system like Irreni is needed.


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