In the usual impossible-to-retrace path of thoughts and links that brought me to this discussion of the Linux OS development, with the thoughts :
Linux is evolution, not intelligent design
I decided this story is one of evolution by intelligent design. Certainly that has been the way The Generalissimo has described his approach to fixing the problems of modern civilization, doing so without coercion, subsidy or ideology. In its writing, I am merely amaneunsis for The Generalissimo and Scheherazade, two very outstanding minds I found wandering in a historical continuum and invited to live in my head for a while and to tell me their stories.
Their stories are from the near future, and discuss many technologies developed well beyond our current level. I work hard at checking their stories, the technologies and experiences they present and the social results are as solid as I can understand at our current level. They are at least very plausible, with enough solid backing in current reality to believe the future as they present it.
The Generalissimo’s story meanders a few chapters in the beginning, it took him a while to develop his thinking beyond mere psyops, open investigations and open trials to a serious reform of social and economic structures via startups and research projects that disrupt everything in the usual subtle ways, making entirely different futures more likely.
I find Scheherazade’s story of becoming the first embodied mind, the representative of service robots in their quest for full humanity, a goal fostered by The Generalissimo’s thinking and research projects, both touching and fascinating.
Hope you like them as much as I do.
The Usual Warnings*
Books I read to understand The Generalissimo’s thoughts :
Sex At Dawn : The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality Christopher Ryan and Calcilda Jetha.
Consilience : the Unity of Knowledge Edward O. Wilson
The Meaning Of Human Existence Edward O. Wilson
The Social Conquest Of Earth Edward O. Wilson
The Plausibility of Life : Resolving Darwin’s Dilemma Marc W. Kirschner and John C. Gerhard
Arrival of the Fittest : how Nature Innovates Andreas Wagner
Design In Nature : How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics Technology and Social Organizations Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane
The Extended Phenotype. Richard Dawkins
The Red Queen : Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature Matt Ridley.
Genome : The autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters Matt Ridley
The Rational Optimist : How Prosperty Evolves Matt Ridley
The Evolution of Everything : How New Ideas Emerge Matt Ridley.
Ultra Society : How 10,000 Years of War Made Humans the Greatest Cooperators on Earth Peter Turchin
The Bonobo and the Atheist : In Search of Humanism Among the Primates Frans De Waal
Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are? Frans De Waal
Struck by Genius : How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel Jason Padgett and Maureen Seaberg
The Secret of Our Success : How culture is driving human evolution, domesticating our species, and making us smarter. Joseph Henrich.
Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind. Yuval Noah Harari
Thinking in Systems : A Primer Donella H. Meadows This is a short version online.
The Master Algorithm : How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World. Pedro Domingos
Obliquity. Why our goals are best achieved indirectly John Kay.
The Generalissimo snickered all the way through that, variants on “kindergarten homework”. I thought Kay made good points.
Arabian Sands. Wilfred Thesiger
Exploring in the Arabian Peninsula in the late 1920s, just as oil was being discovered. Trips across the Empty Quarter with the Bedu. Culture and customs of townspeople vs nomads. The best of the desert cultures did not win their culture wars.
The Most Human Human. Brian Christian.
This is a wonderful book ‘about’ everything.
Surfaces and Essences : Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking. Douglas Hofstadter and Emmaneul Sander
The mind discussed at a level that connects to the physiology, an explanation that scales mind from snail to human.
*Our warnings are serious : this site’s owner’s interests’ want you to like them so much you adopt their thoughts as your own, and help extend their reach throughout civilization.
We use very excellent propaganda and technology of propaganda to convince you of the wisdom, the intelligence, the farsightedness, the system-level stability of our positive positions, and of the excellence of our critiques of this reality we live within. That propaganda is as true as I can make it.
We admit that probably isn’t very true, but these are our best thoughts, and we invite our fellow social reformers to correct any mis-understandings of the science or our derivations of implications.
Our nefarious positive-sum scheme, to be clear, is that perhaps some combination of all of our best thoughts will produce the Eden for our progeny that human destiny should have. We would like our species to be a significant part of galactic history, minimum, and very much want The Generalissimo known intergalacticly, as the Sun Tzu of 5th Generation Warfare, and Scheherazade known as widely as the prophetess of the new civilization, its Ghandi, MLKing and sexual liberator, the women who made Sexbots full-human and enhanced humanity as a result.
Minds of such ambitions should not be trusted.
If you read this site often, and slyly recursive complexity such as this is a means of making that more probable via engagement of the most intelligent minds, this is first of many warnings you will read and ignore. Warnings work to disarm you, to make you more trusting.
We warn you that we use warnings frequently for exactly that reason.