- Individuals appear to have what might be thought to be a malfunction (it seems conflicting to me). For example, a human or a species or even a planet, appears to have a tendency to grab any closely available energy/matter for its own purposes. If this were effective, it would lead any other entity to be without resources.
- Thus, entities struggle against each other for resources.
- As long as humans are at the mercy of these tendencies they cannot escape from war or famine. Religions have tried to mitigate these effects with arbitrary rules and forms of wise sayings. A useful approach but ....
- ... to escape the trap it is necessary to understand the fundamental logic and to act with full knowledge of the mechanisms which entrap humans. This amounts to replacing hubris with humility, and exchanging selfishness and megalomania for degrees of altruism - acts of will and conscious choice.
Therefore, survival is not just a matter of power.
free agents - herd animals
- Humans act as free agents and as herd animals. They teeter totter between the two. Some are more inclined one way, some the other. Different creatures have different strategies for optimising their
- Sometimes the mobs will over-ride the independence of individuals. Sometimes they will not. Sometimes the individuals will act independently for good or bad.
- In many people, the sheep tendency rules. This is nurtured, for instance, in socialism and other
- Sometimes people learn and advance.
- These things are in tension.
The 'sheep' hate independence of mind.
The individualists are uncomfortable with the cloying mob.
- Finding balance is a lot of the learning that humans are
- 'Race science' is bunkum.
It is entirely the product of 'social scientists' who do not
- A Groaniad item goes on about Charles Murray, who is of a different
class than the others. He is very careful not to step over
the line regarding 'racism'.
- The Groaniad is notorious for its inability to handle anything
smelling of science. Every day it misuses number/statistics
to sell the cult.
- There is no evidence that 'IQ' tests measure any mysterious essence
- Groups of chimps fight each other. So do groups of humans.
The reasons are obvious -
they want what the others have.
- It is easy to look at Socialists as the herders and Conservatists as the
- All universals are unsound/confused.
(See Gödel and sound sets and Why
Aristotelian logic does not work
- In the real world, every tree is different.
- There is an irrationalist project to build 'sociology' on the foundations of Aristotelian logic, following its useful applications in the physical sciences of 'inanimate' objects.
- This has led to attempts to categorise societies into insecure groups such as democracies and dictatorships.
- Humans, in their 'laziness', or time-saving efforts, look at inchoate realities and attempt to force confused information into categories.
- Bob looks at a tree and thinks "that will make a nice table".
Henry VIII dreams of turning it into a battleship.
A squirrel sees the tree as an attractive home-base.
Jim looks forward to the shade it will provide on a hot, summer's afternoon.
Jennifer cursed the tree
for blocking her view from the kitchen window, and tries to pressure Jim into cutting it down.
A myriad of ants and caterpillars live among the leaves, or set about eating them.
The tree just sets about its business of growing taller than its neighbours, as it seeks the sunlight and wishes everyone else
would leave it alone.
- There is no such thing as stability.
Everything is changing all the time.
Build a house or a pyramid in the desert and, given time,
they will change.
In among this maelstrom,
life strives to maintain homeostasis and fights against 'death', a struggle that always fails.
Humans have become semi-conscious of the struggle, and often confuse themselves into imaging they can prevail.
In this process, there is a fight for wealth, power, and some imagined, unlimited resources (see crowding in Feedback and crowding).
- The human attempts to weave all the bits of incoming light, sound and data into a coherent and unified story or pattern. They often call that picture their personality, religion, a theory, or ethnicity, as they try to co-ordinate their struggles with allies - labelling these allies their 'nation' or a 'village'.
- None of these assemblies in individual heads form a clear unity outside those heads.
- 'Sociology' tries to use these collections as objects in the real world, but they are abstracts and arbitrary. These collections vary from head to head, and within the real heads.
- The sociologists and other dreamers have even come to believe that they can invent 'perfect' or desirable (to them) societies.
- These fairly random assemblages gain collective names like Marxism, or Islam, or Democracy.
- So we have random assemblies that become adopted in the real world, and others that remain as theories and in books.
The distinction between the fictions becomes muddled and often dangerous.
- 'Them' is 'the enemy' or competing 'tribe'.
- Thus much of strife takes place in a world of the imagination - a world that is thereby turned from confusion and beliefs into real mayhem and war.
Other people's lunacy becomes your reality.
- By the will to control of the 'leader', your life is defined by struggle for freedom or by conforming to the sheep fold.
- Most leaders are more concerned to cling to their thrones than to encourage education and develop enhancement of lives in that society.
- The more
cling to power, the greater the reaction develops. The more insecure they become, the more paranoid they become, until they find they are riding the tiger, too frightened to let go. By then, such a 'leader' is thrashing around like a terrified child, as their society sinks into a bloodbath.
- What is to be done?
- Losers seek to bolster their ego by self-serving stories.
They take those stories from the sewers of local myths.
- Fifty years ago, they hallucinated themselves as Jesus or Napoleon.
Now they become ethnic warriors - choose sides according to taste.
By such routes they become mad.
Then the Leftist fossil media seek to use them in the culture wars.
- In an earlier age, 'Napoleon' would end in a mad house.
Now they are locked in a prison, for a while, and are treated as if they are serious.
- What has happened to make people and society re-label lunacy as criminality,
To take a lunatic seriously and punish them in a manner similar to alleged witches?
- All views are 'equal', even the self-declared witch.
No person shall be constrained unless 'criminalised.
Instead, a fake legal sentence must be given for a real act driven by madness.
you cannot read another person's mind
- All human relationships range from speculative to delusional.
Smart swarm by Peter Miller (in particular, chapter 2, pp. 33-43, mostly on the work by Thomas Seeley)
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| Avery, 2010
||On the various ways individuals animals and insects respond in groups.