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Animals Band Together to Overthrow Despots

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Among social animals, inequality is a fact of life. Millions of ants do all the work for one reproducing queen. Troops of chimps form male-dominated hierarchies, males bossing females around and forming a pecking order with one highly aggressive alpha male on top. Poorly paid migrant workers pick grapes for...

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So where does that leave us in the grand scheme of things?

 

http://www.sciencemag.org/site/special/inequality/ here is the link to the issue of Science.

 

Historically, we've tended towards inequality when we have an excess of workers fighting for a limited number of jobs.  Bear in mind, that this is strictly talking about economic inequality as opposed to social inequality, which is defined in terms of just an individual's inclination and circumstance.

 

Economically and socially, we tend to do better when resources are more or less evenly distributed amongst the working population.  Technically, this can be argued as being morally just, because if people are contributing to the work than they deserve a reasoned cut of the produce of that work, no matter how lowly it may seem to be to each of us.  Every job that exists counts towards the overall productivity of goods and services.  If it was not needed, or a cheaper alternative existed, it wouldn't be around.  Therefore, it's needed and, sometimes, those "low" jobs are the hardest and nastiest ones to do, making them more than deserving of reasoned compensation.

 

The trouble arises due to the apparent greed of the those who populate the upper crust.  While this is not universal (and it's not universal that the lower ranks are all egalitarian, "hippies" either), the fact remains is that there appears to be a tremendous amount of variety within our species, with regards to attitudes concerning inequality and relative status.  Some of this is cultural, some of this is personal.  That's how we can have such stark differences between the executives at Costco and the executives at Walmart.

 

Overall though, human societies tend to have historically done better when there was greater equality amongst the members, both economically and socially.  Talent that was born into (relatively) lowly stations was able to rise to appropriate levels, people were able to feed and house themselves and their families, the government simply had to oversee and track changes in the society and the economy rather than (unsuccessfully) suppress angry groups of humans within the society.  Those who had higher stations were still able to enjoy higher qualities of life for what could be considered more highly skilled and consequential work, in spite of not having so much money that they'd never be able to spend it all in even more than one lifetime (intergenerational inheritance).  What is money but an arbitrary social construct that we've designed to mediate and lubricate exchanges?  What good does it do if it comes beyond what you're able to use and comes at the expense of the rest of human society and the environment?  Furthermore, by allowing people to share more in the produce of their labor, you enable them to spend more money on more than just the basics needed for subsistence, which then decreases dependency on public institutions (if there are any) and enables people to diversify their spending habits, as well as enable them to invest and save money (which helps fuel growth and protects against economic crashes and misfortunes).

 

The rich have the solution to prosperity backwards!  Yet the politicians in Washington who do their bidding do not seem to have the capabilities of seeing it like that, or they are so ideologically inclined towards a self-destructive system that they're not going to see how natural law favors relative equality and disfavors inequality.

 

Quite frankly, I don't want to live in a nasty, brutish and life or death competitive system where I could die through no fault of my own.  I also wouldn't want to live sleeping with one eye open in case the mass of society turns against myself and my friends and family.

 

Do you?  Do any of us want that kind of life?

 

Apparently so, because that's what laissez-faire leads to.

 

And they're called conservatives or Libertarians.

 

It doesn't lead to a free life, in spite of them wanting freedom.

 

And they'll never admit that they're wrong in the grand scheme of things, however slightly that might be.

 

Think about it.

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Must-see morning clip: Jon Stewart slams Americas’s 200-year history of mistreating veterans

Must-see morning clip: Jon Stewart slams Americas’s 200-year history of mistreating veterans | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
"Mistreating our veterans is a fully bipartisan endeavor"

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Really?

Soldiers, you CAN ask for more than what you're receiving for what you've given this country and are willing to give for this world.

 

If you're not getting it from one Commander in Chief, and you won't lose that soldier-think of falling in under the command of another, why not find a different person and cause to fight for and take orders from?

Think about it.

 

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EnviroAtlas

EnviroAtlas | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

EnviroAtlas is a collection of interactive tools and resources that allows users to explore the many benefits people receive from nature, often referred to as ecosystem services. Key components of EnviroAtlas include the following:

A multi-scaled Interactive Map with broad scale data for the lower 48 states and fine scale data for selected communitiesThe Eco-Health Relationship Browser, which shows the linkages between ecosystems, the services they provide, and human healthEcosystem services information, GIS and analysis tools, and written resources
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If you think the environment is insignificant to your needs, then you are one of the most arrogant and ignorant people to walk on the planet that you're killing.

 

This is your life.  It doesn't matter how much money you're going to make off of destroying it if you're going to be dead as a result of your destruction.

 

Think carefully people.

 

Enjoy.

 

And, think about it.

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steve smith's curator insight, May 23, 2014 3:59 PM

This looks great, will be having a play with this soon !

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, May 24, 2014 3:38 PM

Enviro Atlas. Mapa Interactivo.

Allan Tsuda's curator insight, May 25, 2014 9:21 PM

Unbelievable, tremendous resource. I wish I had this one growing up. It is a US gov site (EPA), and is for US geography. I'm betting you can search around for similar sites for other locales around the world. Great demo. Demo runs on Adobe Captivate. The demo took a little bit of time to load on a wired connection through a high speed fiber optic connection. Or skip the demo and play around with the maps. Site not all that fast. Still, it's worth waiting for if you want the data.

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New website UnionsWork.us shows how unions help ALL workers and fight income inequality

New website UnionsWork.us shows how unions help ALL workers and fight income inequality | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
It’s not going too far to say that American workers everywhere benefit on an ongoing basis from the hard work labor unions have done over the past several decades. I work at a non-union company that treats its employees very well.

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Well, what can I say?

The unions got corrupted along the way and they lost membership.  The leadership failed to do the job they were supposed to be doing for the workers and things got out of hand from there. 

 

It's the story of any institution that fails to provide their requisite service onto the public they are bound to be serving, from the Catholic Church to governments to the bankers.  How it is that no one sees the natural checks that are in place in our universe and continue to make the same mistakes as those in the past is beyond me.  We have such potential to learn from our ancestral mistakes and yet, so very rarely do we listen or take the lessons that are clear as day to heart.

 

If only we had different unions to work for workers and the job that the workers are supposed to be doing, rather than just for the preservation of the union and the job that the union thinks the workers ought to be doing, the unions might come back to prevent the abuses we are currently enduring from the upper crust.  Sadly, I don't see that happening as the ambitious and tactical tend to win out over the honest and strategic in the short term, which doesn't do much for the preservation of the system itself in the long term.

 

Ridiculous.

 

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Clinton far more electable than other Democrats - Public Policy Polling

Clinton far more electable than other Democrats - Public Policy Polling | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's regular look at the 2016 Presidential...
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Really America?

 

You know, Hillary isn't really going to necessarily do anything for us, as a country.  She's just as much apart of the elite cabal as any of them, and I doubt she has the sense to pull a REAL Roosevelt. 

 

All because the group of Americans who vote actually are trained as well as dogs to bite anything that smells of Progressivism, government and the rest of the population who doesn't vote are too ignorant about American civics to be bothered with it, in spite of being the first to complain about the situation in our government and our society, economy and environment.  If they're that ignorant about how our current system is, what makes any of us willing to trust them to remake it?

 

America, you're an unenlightened country, inhabited and governed by unenlightened people.  Until you're able to get some sense about how the world works and who's interested in working for you, not over you, you will always be mired in mediocrity, never living up to your potential as a society.  That's the hard truth, if you're willing to listen to it.

 

Enjoy your Conservatism.  You'll get everything that you deserve.

 

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Allegiances wane after Ukraine killing

Allegiances wane after Ukraine killing | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Village woman's roadside execution highlights escalating tension between civilians and armed groups.
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Ukrainian soldiers....

 

Honestly, if I were the President of Ukraine, I'd find out who was involved in this shooting and imprison them all for a very long time, if not have them executed.

 

This jeopradizes EVERYTHING in Ukraine FOR Ukraine.  It's as if the Ukrainian government in Kiev has no control over their army; no disipline, no organization which means, in the eyes of most of the world, they have no legitimacy or authority to govern and remain in government.

 

Intimidating isn't the same as protecting; stirring up trouble in a hostile territory is not the way to win over allies and friends from amongst the people who would otherwise have been your enemy.  The idea is to WIN the Russians over to the Ukrainian side away from the Russians, not to pressure or lord over them.


This is an amateur mistake.  Unfortunately, it could very easily cost Ukraine the possibility of reunification and the legitimacy of the government in Kiev. 

 

Legitimacy is the only true capital that a government has.  It's what enables a government to exist, collect taxes and, if they're wise, spend the tax money effectively and efficiently on alleviating perennial and temporary problems that their people experience.  You can never have enough legitimacy as a governing faction, because it's what enables you to weather the mistakes that you're likely to make.  It pays you, as a governing faction or member more than the salary that you earn because it enables you to have that position within a society in the first place.  No position, no potential for salary or survival, just as if you have no food or ability to survive, you're not going to be able to do well.  You prioritize th derivative over the principle, you'll receive neiher the principle that you need or the derivative that you want.

 

That's how we admire leaders who suffer with or more than we do.  That's how my own ancestors, the Levites of Israel were given the privilege of governing Ancient Israel's affairs.  They were denied land and could not eat without the other tribes giving them food.  The social contract is never dissolved, even when direct control mechanisms aren't present and it is only the foolhardy or stupid who don't see it or acknowledge it.

 

That is what makes this incident in the Ukrainaian situation so toxic for Ukraine.  This is why Ukraine shouldn't be sending troops in there, other than to ensure the Presidential vote on the 25th of May, so that the Russians can be included in the governing of the whole of Ukraine.  That is the tack that should have been taken from the beginning: inclusion, welcoming, the permitting of dissent from the Russians in order to build trust and the manipulation of the Ukrainian Right into a ditch, to build a broad coalition of support in Ukraine for the new government, at the very least, to dissuade people from disregarding and ending contact with Kiev, as has happened in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.

 

I've always said that it's going to take the EU and Russia to rebuild Ukraine.  A shame that our present American government is involved in biting at the Russians and antagonizing the fight while they could be playing a very profitable dance with the Kremlin as a mediator amongst competent other actors.  Amazing that the 24 year old with "no experience" has keener chess instincts than the current governing members of the United States and Ukraine at the very least.  Sure, there's more for me to learn, always is.  But can you imagine how frustrating it is to watch this sheit-show of "grown adults" stumble over each other for the sake of things that are not important and in ways that only leave them with less than with more.

 

Think about it.

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Mathematical modeling of human behaviors during catastrophic events.

Mathematical modeling of human behaviors during catastrophic events. | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

In this paper, we introduce a new approach for modeling the human collective behaviors in the specific scenario of a sudden catastrophe, this catastrophe can be natural (i.e. earthquake, tsunami) or technological (nuclear event). The novelty of our work is to propose a mathematical model taking into account different concurrent behaviors in such situation and to include the processes of transition from one behavior to the other during the event. Thus, in this multidisciplinary research included mathematicians, computer scientists and geographers, we take into account the psychological reactions of the population in situations of disasters, and study their propagation mode. We propose a SIR-based model, where three types of collective reactions occur in catastrophe situations: reflex, panic and controlled behaviors. Moreover, we suppose that the interactions among these classes of population can be realized through imitation and emotional contagion processes. Some simulations will attest the relevance of the proposed model.

 

 


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It's all algorithmic.

 

We only have so many potential solutions for a functional psychological composition in any given situation, thus leading to only a limited number of possibilities as to what can happen with a group of people (let alone, a single person).

 

We are not so much free on this plane of existence, as we are going through our neurological algorithms, which are produced by the physics of the universe and the chemistry of our brains and sense organs.  Each cultural group is likely to have its own response to fear or trouble, especially if they haven't interminged DNA and memes with others for an extended period of time.  This can possibly get down to genetic and epi-genetic levels, which then produce the deep environmental roots in which we are raised, even in heterogenous societies where people work together at the very least and live and reproduce amongst each other at the very most.  We're not so much free on this plane of existence, as we are running a program within our own mind as part of a larger social, ecological and cosmological algorithm.  It all blends seemlessly together, like a gigantic computer.  We are bound by our own natural laws on the lowest level; the biological, the physical, and we operate within the context of a higher law that we are both shaped by and are sometimes shapers of.  We are also bound by our social laws and sensibilities, which is both the product of our individual and collective brains and the shaper of our brains.  We are operating within a program and sometimes are the operators of a program; it all depends on where we are, what capabilities we have as individual people and what capabilities we are allowed as people within the context of a given society and environmental situation.  Everything is relative to another thing in this place; not a single thing stands on its own or can stand on its own for very long.

 

Therefore, why should we bother wanting "freedom", when there really is none to be had on this plane of existence?

 

Yet try to get people to see things in this more accurate and holistic manner, and you'll get spat at and looked down on, especially in American society.

 

What freedom is there on this plane of existence?

 

Silly brains.

 

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Shock waves on complex networks : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group

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Power grids, road maps, and river streams are examples of infrastructural networks which are highly vulnerable to external perturbations. An abrupt local change of load (voltage, traffic density, or water level) might propagate in a cascading way and affect a significant fraction of the network. Almost discontinuous perturbations can be modeled by shock waves which can eventually interfere constructively and endanger the normal functionality of the infrastructure. We study their dynamics by solving the Burgers equation under random perturbations on several real and artificial directed graphs. Even for graphs with a narrow distribution of node properties (e.g., degree or betweenness), a steady state is reached exhibiting a heterogeneous load distribution, having a difference of one order of magnitude between the highest and average loads. Unexpectedly we find for the European power grid and for finite Watts-Strogatz networks a broad pronounced bimodal distribution for the loads. To identify the most vulnerable nodes, we introduce the concept of node-basin size, a purely topological property which we show to be strongly correlated to the average load of a node.

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Indeed, this is intuitive enough without the mathematics to back it up.  This could be mapped out and used for prioritizing the defense or attack of various points within the network, either in the digital or analog worlds.

 

Way cool science!

 

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David Harvey Reviews Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century

David Harvey Reviews Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

There is much that is valuable in Piketty’s data sets. But his explanation as to why the inequalities and oligarchic tendencies arise is seriously flawed. His proposals as to the remedies for the inequalities are naïve if not utopian. And he has certainly not produced a working model for capital of the twenty-first century. For that we still need Marx or his modern-day equivalent.


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If you applied the logic of Complex Adaptive Systems Theory to economics, it would make perfect intutive sense as to how economies with high inequality remain stagnant and how high inequality happens when there is no distributive function applied an economy.  Very simply put, when people aren't able to afford to buy, invest or save, the economy isn't able to grow because of the lack of participants in the market.  Access is denied, and people are stuck using their increasingly meager earnings to buy necessities rather than the goods, services and investments that they'd ordinarily be making, not to mention also being less able to save safely to guard against economc misfortune.  That's how the economy stagnates when only a few are allowed to have so much while many are denied the ability to maximize their well being and quality of life.

 

As for how this comes to be, it's simply a case of wealth enabling one to accumulate more wealth, especially if they're disinclined to spend money on a regular basis.  The current rich reflect those who have husbanded money and essentially hoarded it, relative to what they brought in, thus enabling them to accumulate more and more of it through low-risk capital investments.  Their priority is the accumuation of financial wealth, not necessarily the enjoyment of it. There's also the social network that wealth enables, which helps to preserve the production of wealth amogst a few individuals who are able to stay well connected to one another.

 

Factor in the policy changes and chages in attitude that Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher brought into government during the 1980's, and you've got the poitical conditions conducive to allowing economic inequality to thrive and real economies to stagnate.  Think of it as a change in operating system on a computer drive.  The different programs instituted and present in government enabled conditions in society to tend towards these less equal and less growth conducive states that we're all presently in.

 

Therefore, taxation possibly isn't the answer, but an increase in wages across the board to reflect the real profit value of labor in the market.  These concepts were known at the time of Adam Smith and advocated for by Adam Smith, as opposed to the traditional "laissez-faire" attitude that has been ascribed to him after a serious misinterpretation of his work, "The Wealth of Nations".  It's important to remember that Mr. Smith viewed profit as something that should not be had in "immoderate amounts" and that it is secondary to the well being and rent value of the economy (which is where David Ricardo steps in to advocate for a minimum wage based on rent/profit value of the work that is produced in the economy.  Marx foresaw the inherent flaws in the Capitalist system and predicted its downfall very accurately (although some 150-200 years early) and none of them foresaw or thought of the environmental impacts of our economic activity that is more vital to our survival and well being than any amount of economic growth, real or unreal.

 

It's time we really get away from the Neoclassicists and especially the Neoliberals who don't view the economy as the complex system that it is.  There is no lasting equilibrium in the economy, and everything doesn't balance out into neat, rational little equations.  It's a large messy system that we're only starting to get insight into, and it's time we take that into consideration along with its interconnectiveness to our governments, our societies, our environments and our universes and social relations.  Failure to do this will result in continued poor policy from both the Left and the Right and people will just get frustrated with the politcal powers that be, regardless of ideology, and just swing helplessly back and forth from mediocrity to mediocrity, until the string snaps and they go into another level of mediocrity.

 

It's sad.  It's predictable.  It's the story of us.  And I see no reason to believe that the present is going to be really any different than it has for the past several thousand years.

 

Think about it.

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The Democratic Party's Future Is Awash in Dark Money | VICE United States

The Democratic Party's Future Is Awash in Dark Money | VICE United States | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Amid talk of a left-wing revival inspired by populists like NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and US Senator Elizabeth Warren, corporate titans from finance to natural gas to big retail to telecom are trying t…
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Oh, Democrats.

 

You can't have your money and your seats at the same time.

 

One has to be sacrificed in order to save the United States from imploding.

 

The other will only hasten the economic, environmental, social and, more to the point, political implosion of the US.

 

Twits....

 

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Hanseatic League - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hanseatic League - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Hanseatic League (also known as the Hanse or Hansa ; Low German: , Latin: or Liga Hanseatica ) was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns that dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe.

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I'm posting about the Hanseatic League (an obscure topic for most Americans, I'm sure), because it is one of these interesting little social, political and economic dynamics that sprung up out of a necessity for order, peace and stability needed for the exchange of goods, services and capital, rose to prominence over the course of several centuries, and then dissipated due to external and internal conditions, ultimately stemming from a lack of adaptability, respect for common order and the rise of external powers (ie, changes in the social environment around them that made it not conducive for them to be around as they were).

 

Geography, both physical and social, played a key role in developing the origins of the Hansa's trade ports, routes and members.  That's probably how VIsby on Gotland (an island in the Baltic Sea, now part of Sweden) started as the league's center.  Lubeck and Hamburg formed a cooperative alliance, due to the rise of the merchant class on the heals of the German imperial aristocracy, and the rest is history.  These natural conditions on the ground then gave rise to a common economic interest, which then lead to a banding together for common defense in light of the falling Holy Roman Empire.  From there, you watch as other cities join in, and the League grows due to the economic benefits that are being realized by the merchants and also by the decline of the agricultural aristocracy under the city merchants.  The League wins a few battles, defeats the challengers, and continues to grow in influence, fighting off the governments of nobles to secure economic wealth for themselves.  However, due to what appears to be a lack of awareness of any checks on the League's leaders' power, probably led to the infighting, which then did not help with the new discoveries and advancements that were being made outside of the Hansa's jurisdiction.  National governments toppled aristocratic, and visages of popular democracy and nationalism overruled the less than effectual city-state oligarchies.  Continued reliance on old traditions, coupled with enhanced political and economic competition from outside, ended the League after a long period of time, until it was first neutered, and then put to sleep after a long period of impotency.

 

The point of this very simple walkthrough is to demonstrate how things work in our larger social world over extended periods of time. 

 

It also shows that we can predict how the lower level units are going to self-organize, based on common geographic, cultural, linguistic, social, historical, economic and political interests, should any of the present higher level social organizations (ie, the present nation-states or the super-state organizations) should collapse due to one thing or another happening in our social, economic, or environmental worlds.  This is useful for making plans for the future as it gives us some degree of understanding as to how things could play out should an x-event happen that topples the entire global order that is eroding slowly as we speak, as of May, 2014 CE. 

 

Finally, it hopefully should shine a light on the possibility of outside encounters from other planets and aspects of our universe outside of our own planet.  We cannot afford to continue thinking in terms of there only being us in the universe, especially when we already know how large it is and how probable it is that there is other intelligent life, capable of making advanced tools and gaining advanced insights into the universes' order that might make our latest works into mere ancient child's play by comparison.  If we are truly going to mitigate against all hazards, we should have a kind of Prime Directive ready to use for if we're weaker, equal or stronger than the other, such that we don't get hurt in the encounter in the myriad of ways that we can get hurt, and so that the other does not get hurt out of concern for that one day, negatively effecting us.  We live in a potentially large neighborhood of other worlds that are inhabitable by sentient life beyond our present abilities to imagine.  We already are starting to find that animals on our own planet are also more intelligent and aware of how things work than we've previously thought.  What's there to stop similar phenomenon from happening in relation to other worlds and planets?

 

Think about it.

 

Because these historical cases should be studied more in depth, using background in Complex Adaptive Systems theory.  They should shine light on how things actually work in our social, economic, political and environmental worlds and reveal to us the physics that are behind it all, such that we can program computers to give us read outs of likely and unlikely situations that might occur given our actions at present.  We can take charge of our own destiny now, as a species, through preparing and mitigating for all hazards that actually could be out there while factoring the unknown and unknowable variables and values that are at stake.  There is only so much that is new or novel in this place, and so much repetition of the same conditions and the same events over and over and over again.

 

Perhaps there is a pattern here that we should be observing, and through observation, we change the pattern?

 

Think about it.

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IBM discovers new class of ultra-tough, self-healing, recyclable plastics that could redefine almost every industry | ExtremeTech

IBM discovers new class of ultra-tough, self-healing, recyclable plastics that could redefine almost every industry | ExtremeTech | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Stop the press! IBM Research announced this morning that it has discovered a whole new class of... plastics. This might not sound quite as sexy as, say, MIT discovering a whole new state of matter -- but wait until you hear what these new plastics can do. This new class of plastics -- or more accurately, polymers -- are stronger than bone, have the ability to self-heal, are light-weight, and are 100% recyclable. The number of potential uses, spanning industries as disparate as aerospace and semiconductors, is dizzying. A new class of polymers hasn't been discovered in over 20 years -- and, in a rather novel twist, they weren't discovered by chemists: they were discovered by IBM's supercomputers.
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And thus, a computer takes over the design role of engineers and chemists, to produce something that neither of them would have thought feasible.

 

And then we will make lethal military and policing machines out of this self healing, solvent resistant and stronger than bone material because, you know, we're "smart" like that.

 

Show me that we can think in terms of long term consequences and possibilities, and I will ease up off of this species.

 

Until that time, ya'll can just get used to being called silly by me.

 

Enjoy.

 

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Do We Need Asimov's Laws?

In recent years, roboticists have made rapid advances in the technologies that are bringing closer the kind of advanced robots that Asimov envisaged. Increasingly, robots and humans are working together on factory floors, driving cars, flying aircraft and even helping around the home.
And that raises an interesting question: do we need a set of Asimov-like laws to govern the behaviour of robots as they become more advanced?

 

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/527336/do-we-need-asimovs-laws/


Via Complexity Digest
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Well, I will say this: robots only are capable of doing what they're programmed or commanded to do.

 

It's not like these laws are actually followed by designers.  Were that the case, there would be no such thing as Predator drones (which are technically a violation of all laws of robotics).  We can destroy ourselves with machines, quite easily.  We can make overly effective instruments of destruction and eliminate the need for our presence in the world through automation.  However, we can also benefit from machines, especially in the worlds of policy making and implants, to make us more intelligent and accurate/effective processors of reality.  I would keep the consequences of ones' actions in mind when designing machines.  However, especially in our current state, there's no guarantee of that happening.

 

So, we've got a Russian roulette thing going on now, until we become more knowledgeable and aware of what works and how things work.  We can kill or hurt ourselves severely with the development of technology, as much as we can help and heal ourselves.

 

Let the experiments begin?  No choice, already begun.

 

Onward to the edge.

 

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, May 17, 2014 4:25 AM

Sign me up for the extra memory chip, current one seems to be struggling to keep up!

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China-Russia is a match made in heaven, and that’s scary

Putin’s trip to Shanghai could mark the start of a strategic realignment comparable to the tectonic shifts that began with President Richard M. Nixon’s visit to China in 1972.
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But they each have their own interests at heart.

Bear and dragon historically have not a comfortable bed fellow made.


This is why we need to ease up on them both, so that they're not feeling so penned in against the West and able to accumulate so many smaller players around them.

 

What does this look like?

It means stopping with the obnoxious name calling against Vladimir Putin (c'mon, it's an easy give that doesn't cost you anything on the strategic level).

 

It means not encouraging Chinese students to "break the rules" (something that does not at all translate well into Chinese culture).

It means maintaining a level of civility (which is free) while working with two very powerful and very respectable societies who are presently governed by people whom we may not like (but who still carry reasonable amounts of support from their general publics, if you looked at what their publics are thinking and saying about them on the actual level).

 

Who cares if they're not liberal Democracies like we are?  Neither society has ever organized themselves in such a manner, and neither will.

 

Technically the only reason why we get our sad semblance of democracy over here is because the English feudal system was more decentralized, and we were founded from that burgher stock, unlike the French or Spanish models and colonies).  We've also had new revolutions of thought and sentiment that have barely impacted the roots of our biological being (hence the conservatives in all of our societies who still insist on monarchical or aristocratic-like rule).

 

So, rule number one in basic social interactions: don't judge, don't assume, don't put your own sensibilities on people who honestly will never be like us.  You're not going to save a sovereign society from themselves, unless there is MASSIVE support for those changes within a given society that will defy the bullets and prisons of the people who lead in a persistent and constant manner.  Even then, they'll only organize themselves along the old logic and sensibilities, QED, they will never have liberal democratic systems of governance like we do in this country.

 

You should instead RESPECT others, ACKNOWLEDGE their interests at the very least and TRY to find REASONED MIDDLE GROUND IN BETWEEN their needs and yours.  Otherwise, you're only going to antagonize and alienate them from yourself and cause them to hunker down together in opposition to us (which is exactly what's happening right here between these two rivals).

A bad peace is forming between Russia and China.  I'm sure that both will act intelligently so as to not step on each other's respective paw and tail deliberately.  However, this is no real friendship between the bear and the dragon (we need to remember this).

 

Therefore, let them make their agreement that's bound to run afoul of one of their interests someday, and focus instead on righting our own positions vis a vis the entire rest of the human society who is NOT going to be Western.

 

What arrogant people are these who run our society who believe that they can change these old systems and logics, especially using the methods that they're using?

Think about it.

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The deep roots of economic inequality

The deep roots of economic inequality | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

Some links to articles about the origins and nature of inequality and how to keep it in check.

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Indeed, inequality was, back then, as it is today, just a symptom of a deeper social ill within our species.  The rich aren't rich because they're the smarter or nicer or better members of our species.  Rather, it may be that they are the meanest, the most small minded, and the worst members of our entire species, if this evidence pans out in common reality.

 

These brutes, as it were, were able to capitalize on superior strength, mainly, to get better access to resources.  But to deny the rest of the species the ability to enjoy in the fruits of common labor is to deny the larger aspect of humanity to flourish and to reveal its true colors in the grand scheme of our universe and our consciousness.

 

How many of people we consider the best come from socially low origins?  How many times do we support and root for those who have nothing and give back over those who either have everything or fail to give back after having nothing?  It's in our deep cultural, religious and social DNA to want to have an egalitarian society and, I think, it's the best way to get the most amount of potenital out of a society, as far as productivity, happiness and well being is concerned.  Some inequality is justified due to the amount of work that is done.  But work should always pay according to the value that it produces, no matter how lowly it may seem to be on our social scale, because it's all needed to make our economy function.

 

Yet sadly, the brutes just take over or fail to give back if they come from humble social beginnings.  No empathy, no compassion, nothing that really marks them as being human, in the traditional sense of the word.

 

Personally, I think they are the mentally ill; those with diseased brains who do not perceive or accept the reality that is around them.  They need to be hospitalized immediately and studied, such that we're all able to live together without their genuinely destructive sensibilities guiding our world.

 

They will run us into a ditch for the sake of economic and financial wealth.

 

More like pigs than anything else, although, that's not a very fair thing to say about the pigs.

 

Think about it. 

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Thai army detains ex-PM Yingluck

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Thailand's former PM Yingluck Shinawatra and some members of her family are detained, as the nation's coup leaders tighten their grip.
Eli Levine's insight:

While the world complains about the "theft" of democracy in Thailand, they fail to recognize that this is a common pattern in societies who do not have a democratic pedigree.  The public has a limited say in who gets to run for office, and the military arbitrates the dispute, acting as a kind of referee when the government fails to recognize the complex needs of the people and respond in an appropriately nuanced and benevolent manner.

 

Yingluck Shinawatra should have seen this coming as she persistently dug herself into a trench relative to parts of the population.  She could have tried rooting the corruption out of the government according to the needs of the protestors and not tried to bring her brother back from exile.  A more interesting question would have been how is it that corruption springs up so readily in these societies and not necessarily in others.  Answering that may help solve the problem with people preying on others when in government, to protect them from the possible wrath of the public.

 

But anyway, I think this move by the military, in the context of Thai society, helps to prevent some of the worst chaos that might have erupted.  The Shinawatras may have been officially populists, which appealed to the public in the majority rural areas.  However, they have to govern according to the whole public and bear in mind how to play politics with the urban and rural societies alike.  That failing to play to the middle ground between the demands of the rural population and the demands of the more chaotic and temperamental urban populations is possibly what cost the Shinawatras their jobs and positions in society.  I think it's likely that Yingluck will join her brother in exile, if the military is going to handle the situation intelligently, and have new elections soon to get a (hopefully) more solid government in place in Thailand.  The King of Thailand could also help by talking to the people and helping to act as a unifying institution within the country (a very tough line to talk, but, most likely, a necessary one in terms of preserving the legitimacy, authority and stability of the Thai government and the whole of the Thai society in general.

 

I don't know why the West insists that everyone has to be like the West when they are so clearly not going to organize according to our principles and logic, even if the "Liberals" do take over control of the country.  It alienates us relative to the whole of these populations, entrenches the worst elements of their societies by our standards through popular support, and opens up the possibility for other powers to swoop in and take over influence and ally status with these societies.

 

We, the United States and Western Europe, are a ridiculous society and a ridiculous sub-set of our species in general.

 

Think about it.

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Americans

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Americans are a difficult to govern people in general because they truly do not want to be governed in the traditional sense of the term.  This has advantages because it enables people to self-organize and to live their own lives and realize their own happiness without having coercion direct them.  The drawback is that it enables predatory people to flourish who can, through their wealth and relative influence on society, be able to take over and coerce the public directly and indirectly into accepting undervalued compensation packages and, thus, less freedom for the masses of the public who have to live with less so that the few can have more that they will not use in the first place.

 

A strong government that is accountable to the PUBLIC is the best bulwark against these predatory people and the public is the best bulwark against those who will exploit, abuse, and tear down that which they need in order to survive and do well in their own right, be they private members of society or public officials in the halls of consequence, authority and responsibility.

 

Therefore, the American government needs to negotiate honestly and openly with its public, listening carefully for the implicit and explicit needs of the public, giving as much as it can while maintaining its own legitimacy as government.  This peer to peer relationship between the public and the government is in the best interests of the government, its members and of the general public because it means that the masses of the people are less inclined to eliminate the government, its institutions and its members while the public benefits from having a cost-effective, other-oriented government in place to help cooperate and solve common problems within society and amongst the whole of the world and universal society as a whole.

 

Americans have to first be unified against the parasitic elements of society and define them accurately in light of common reality (they do not do this effectively) and then, their trust has to be earned back from a myriad of abuses and mistakes stemming from the present and past membership of our government acting on behalf of the truly parasitic people in our world in general.  I testify that these are in accordance with the natural laws of human society and, indeed, possibly all advanced societies of individual sentient beings throughout the universe.  I testify that a culture of inclusion, acceptance, understanding, respect and self-interest as defined in terms of the larger "self" that our whole world composes is the best and optimal way to go, as far as perspective and logic of governing is concerned on a technical level in the universe.

 

Try it.

 

And, think about it.

 

Try it.

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I testify that this is the way.

 

You can and may dispute it.

 

But we can ultimately test to see if these principles are better than the current small minded, inaccurately sensed way of doing business that we presently have in our society, with regards to our human society as a whole and our environment in which we are all living.

 

Think about it.

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Just Why Did Some Marketplaces Fail?

Just Why Did Some Marketplaces Fail? | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
BY BRIAN M. KALISHMAY 20, 2014

Poor governance and a reliance on contractors who were good at procurement but not as strong in technology were two of the many factors that contributed to the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov and the ongoing issues in many states.

 

Read more at

http://eba.benefitnews.com/health-insurance-exchange/news/just-why-did-some-marketplaces-fail-2741675-1.html

 


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I've always thought that the relationship between contractors and government is a shaky one.  Contractors are not motivated to do the best job that is possible, but to make the most amount of money by charging the most for the least amount of give.  When a government fails to be proactive in advocating for the citizenry, or it gets attached to the private sector's dealings out of ideological reasons, it tends to lead to less than optimal results for the sake of the general public when push comes to shove (as evidenced by the rollout of Obamacare on the Federal and State levels).

 

Perhaps it is better to let the government just do what it needs to do?  That way accountability can be had directly and heads can role into the unemployment line should things go poorly and the public may receive a better value for their money, even if it is marginally more than it would be with the contractors.

 

Just some thoughts.

 

Think about it.

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A speculative question that I haven't heard asked or debated yet is, "How might these projects have gone if NO outside contractors were used and ONLY government workers were assigned and managed to implement these systems?"

Now before you lambaste government employees as somehow inferior or incapable of large technology projects, I have one word for you.

NASA


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Greg R.

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▶ The Energy Internet Explained, with Jeremy Rifkin - YouTube

Economic theorist and author Jeremy Rifkin explains his concept of The Internet of Things. Rifkin's latest book is The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism (http://goo.gl/4estV2).


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This too will pass, someday maybe.

 

Maybe it will linger with us until we go extinct as a species and no longer are able to live in the world.

 

If this continues on, it will mean the end of the fossil fuel giants, their unholy hold on our systems of governance and the pollution that they cause to our social and ecological environment.

 

This is why/how states such as Oklahoma, who are now completely under the sway of these companies explicitly through the Republican Party (rather than implicitly under the current Democratic Party) are raising taxes on the implementation of small scale electricity production.  The conservative mindset seeks only to control and command from the top down, while the true progressive mindset wants the world to do well, however that may be in each given society and social/environmental condition.  They seek conformity and adherence to their written rules while progressives seek natural law and adherence to the laws of cause and effect.

 

Unfortunately, we will not be rid of the conservatives, just because they're falling out of political favor within the context of their own societies and their own political factions.  These actual demons who live amongst us will not be gone until we cease to reproduce their brain types and start treating it as a mental illness than as a genuinely healthy condition.  It is time that we start defining mental illness as that which actually causes harm to the society and to the individual through harming the society and the environment rather than as that which can irritate some people in places of social authority.

 

It is time that we all take our country, our society and our world back from those who would harm it for a little or a lot of small self "gain", the truly mentally ill people of the world.

 

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Complex Adaptive Systems in Society and Beyond Our World

Complex Adaptive Systems in Society and Beyond Our World | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

Complex Adaptive Systems have some distinct parts.  It has inputs, which have their own distinct individual and collective characteristics, the environment and its conditions, and natural laws and parameters which are always subtly enforced within the environment.

 

Individuals interact with one another and the environment within the context of the natural laws that exist and define the system to produce the complex behavior that defines complex adaptive systems.  The dynamics then shape and reshape the individuals, the environment and the world as a whole within the context of the preset system parameters and laws.

 

It should be noted that while some of the natural laws are universal, and are likely to encompass all universes, there are some laws which are only applicable within a given context of the universe (a kind of sub-section of the natural law of the universe).  These lower level laws must be in accordance with the higher level laws and are only derivatives of the natural laws.  An example of these lower level laws are the deep social laws and sensibilities of a given culture and/or society.  These are products of the collective and individual preferences of a given social group, which changes over time and is more or less specific to a given culture and society, yet is nothing more than a product of the brain chemistry and the laws of neuro-psychology, biology, chemistry and physics.  There are then genetic and memetic components to culture and society.  The only thing that is relevant to nature is how adaptive these societies and cultures are to changes within nature and within themselves and peoples from different cultures come and go, and as sensibilities, knowledge and perceptions change; how well they're able to remain a coherent unit in spite of internal and externally caused tumult and chaos.

 

In the end, we are all subject to natural law first, which is above and beyond the written laws that we have invented within our societies to produce a kind of order within these societies to discourage anti-social behavior and promote pro-social behavior. It is better to make the written laws work in accordance with the natural laws as to how things actually work in the context of social, economic and ecological physics; the laws that govern the dynamics within our individual and collective societies, economies and environments without our written laws.  Sometimes our written laws cause us to run afoul of the natural laws, thus disabling our abilities to be well, survive and live happy and fulfilled lives.  The biggest shame in our present government, is that we have so many people who are cognizant of our written laws (lawyers) working in making and designing policy, but not enough people who are cognizant of the natural laws of a given society, such that they can write laws that actually work as they should and provide the most amount of good and the least amount of harm to the whole human social system.

 

We live in tribes (nations, ethnicities, cultures, families, neighborhoods, religions, etc).  That seems to be a universal law of humanity, in spite of our actual similarities.  This is not a permanent feature of our species, and I honestly hope we move to a more pro-social attitude with regard to other people we identify as "other" or "enemy".  But, that is a long time off, and we're not likely to evolve out of those anti-social conservative tendencies anytime soon.  From this perpsective, you can predict the dynamics of various cultures and societies based on defined interests, actual needs, cultural/character content and proximity (in physical and non-physical terms).  There are a multiplicity of ways of thinking and feeling within and amongst populations.  What works with one group will not work in another group.  Some groups merge more naturally with each other and in general than others.  This is how you predict and show social physics in practice, as it happens in the world around us.  It is only a derivative of the laws of physics which govern our whole universe and the consequences of those laws interacting with the mass and energy that is and was formed and put into the initial universe in which we are living.

 

Everything in the universe roots back to the very beginning, somehow.  There are no points where the legacy of the beginning of the universe is lost, except in those areas which defy the laws of the universe.  Those aspects which violate the laws of nature either never existed or no longer exist.  Those are the perpetual stakes that we're playing with when we live in this universe; that some change could happen that we can't or won't adapt to and we cease to be as a species.

 

But the physics remains.  The natural laws remain, in spite of our absence.  The universe itself can still remain without us.  Life can begin again on other planets, if it has not already done so/is doing so as I write these words in May of 2014 HCE (Human Common Era).  And, thus, all is preserved, except that which puts itself in violation of the natural laws of the universe, the natural laws of our universal species and the natural laws of our specific social universes.

 

Think about it.

 

Because this is your home.  This is where you live eternally, in the grand scheme of things, whether you're in your tribe our out of it.

 

This is, possibly, how the universe actually works.

 

You can either accept it and go along with it.

 

Or, you can defy or try to defy natural law, and be eliminated either in the context of the universe, or in the context of your individual society and species.

 

Please, enjoy!

 

Think about it.

 

Enjoy.

 

Think about it.

Eli Levine's insight:

It occurred to me this morning that this could be the case.  The rest grew out of the original thought that I had on the way to work.

 

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Scientists discover how to turn light into matter after 80-year quest

Scientists discover how to turn light into matter after 80-year quest | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Physicists have discovered how to create matter from light -- a feat thought impossible when the idea was first theorized 80 years ago. In just one day over several cups of coffee in a tiny office, three physicists worked out a relatively simple way to physically prove a theory first devised by scientists Breit and Wheeler in 1934. Breit and Wheeler suggested that it should be possible to turn light into matter by smashing together only two particles of light (photons), to create an electron and a positron -- the simplest method of turning light into matter ever predicted. The calculation was found to be theoretically sound, but Breit and Wheeler said that they never expected anybody to physically demonstrate their prediction.
Eli Levine's insight:

Ok, so they haven't actually done the experiment yet.

 

However, this could be a significant ending of one phase of our knowledge and understanding about our universe and the beginning of another; when the material universe learns how to make itself from energy from the conscious level.

 

Let's see where this experiment goes.

 

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Alina Polyakova | The Coming Rise of the Ukrainian Far-Right | Foreign Affairs | Foreign Affairs

Alina Polyakova | The Coming Rise of the Ukrainian Far-Right | Foreign Affairs | Foreign Affairs | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
There has always been a kernel of truth in the accusations that pro-Russian partisans have raised about the revolution that deposed former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych earlier this year.
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Yep.

 

If I were in charge of Ukraine, I'd have been maneuvering to crush the ultra-nationalists from the beginning, with a coalition of Russian and Ukrainian moderates to back me up.

Sadly, the current leadership seems likely to be caught flatfooted, with neither his liberal-democratic allies nor the fascists nor the Russians to back him up.  He alienated the Russians by not striking a unity government and a unity tone with them and now, he's being criticized by the liberal democrats for being too corrupt.

And what has the US and EU done to advise him about these situations?  Apparently, not much.

 

And you wonder how it is that Vladimir Putin's "propaganda" actually worked while Ukraine's narrative is being dismissed.  Could it be that the kernel of truth is more powerful than no truth at all?

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Swiss reject highest minimum wage

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Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to introduce what would be the highest minimum wage in the world in a referendum, near complete results indicate.
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Well, I would say to this that perhaps it would be better for the cities who have the highest costs of living introduce a high minimum wage? 

 

At least engage in some sort of profit sharing scheme, such that workers are being paid what they're actually worth in the market.

 

I agree that there should be a baseline for what workers are paid that fluctuates with the wealth that is produced in the economy.  However, I also see where a minimum wage can destroy local businesses who do not produce the kind of revenue that large companies make.  I also agree that profit should be something that can increase, but not without having a certain proportion of that wealth kicked back down to the workers who produced it.

 

Complex economics requires complex policy to make it work effectively, such that we're all benefiting.  Simply having a high minimum wage won't necessarily help the smaller companies and it doesn't take into account how productive the workers actually are at their respective companies.  Policy making requires nuance and factoring in everyone and everything into the equation.  I'm personally not happy that the otherwise sensible Left can be so silly when it comes to making policy decisions without having empirical evidence to back it up.

 

The world needs a Left wing bias, because the empirical function of the economy has a progressive bias.  Trouble is, the current representatives of the Left don't seem to understand the nuances and complexity that has to go into making policy.

 

And that, my friends, is why I would support the introduction of computers and brain implants to make policy decisions over human beings.  They can process or enable us to process more information in faster amounts of time to give us more nuanced plans that actually will more than likely work better than what we've been able to come up with with our analog brains.

 

Down with politicos.  Up with the tech!

 

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The Nature of Us and Our Societies (I Think...)

We are just organic automatons, programmed to seek out happiness, sex, food, water, shelter and air.  The universe functions very much like a computer, of which we are only apart of the algorithm that's constantly working towards self-preservation, survival and well being (just as we are).  There are, technically, a few optimal ways to go about achieving well being, happiness and peace of mind in this universe, much like how there are only a few ways to achieve well being, happiness and peace of ecosystem in the world that is around us.

 

The universe functions on the basis of algorithms which each have benefits, drawbacks and only a few optimal ones to fit with each situation and scenario that we could be faced with.  We fail to follow the algorithms for survival and well being in each situation, scenario and set of conditions that we're in, we'll die or not be very well as an individual member of a collective species or as a collective species as a whole.  We can only do what we're able to do in the technical sense, and we have a very limited knowledge of what those limitations and potentials actually are.

 

We can develop the technology to improve our abilities to act algorithmically in this universe in our given societies and in response and recovery efforts to disaster and general conditions.  The universe could very well be just a computer program running in order to gauge what works, what doesn't work in the grand scheme of things.  The parameters, I think, have been set since the start of this particular universe.  It very well could be that there are more universes that interact with this one.  But the fact of the matter is, is that without the base parameters of mathematics and the laws of physics, there would have been no universe as it appears in this present form.

 

In fact, human societies are very much similar to this multiverse theory of the universe, in that the base elements of these societies are all, essentially, the same, except for a few potential differences in brain software, brought on by a mixture of genetics, epi-genetics, experience and environment (social, cultural and ecological) that leads to the production of unique cultures and social laws and perspectives that differ from one another.  They're all essentially the same, at the root of it, but the tiny changes and differences amongst them bring on some of the tremendous differences in culture, perspective, attitude, action, organization and outlook on the world that is around them.  It should be pointed out that many of these things are actually also, the same as well across cultures.  But the social physics is different in each society, even though each of the ones that has been produced and lasted throughout the ages are each and all fit for our present environment and our present knowledge and understanding about ourselves and the world that is us and around us.

 

Can all of this change?  Yes, in short, it can.  Technology changes, as does our knowledge and outlook upon ourselves.  The emperors of China were overthrown when Western notions of societies were introduced into Chinese culture and civilization.  Did it change the essential nature of Chinese culture?  Arguably, no (hence the modern differences in Chinese organization, culture, attitude, outlook and perspective).  But economic conditions and social conditions, combined with new perspectives brought on a tremendous social revolution in China, even though it has (for the most part) reverted back to the highly centralized and autocratic formation that existed under the emperors.

 

Again, social physics is one of those things where there are some base rules within humanity and, quite possibly, amongst all life in the universe(s).  But the rules are open to changes and differences at certain levels and in certain ways.  This is how differences arise amongst societies and cultures and within societies and cultures, starting from the micro-levels of environment, experience, and body-content composition of the initial members of that given society (especially inclusive of the brain itself).

 

We are just a manifestation of the base laws and content of the universe.  We are star stuff, brought on by the laws of physics interacting with the material and energetic contents of this universe.  It makes sense that the laws of societies are similar to those of the universe, simply because we are the universe as well (at least, our own little chunk of it).  Remember, the totality of the universe is likely to be larger than our own self and our own species.  It is important to bear that in mind, if we pursue other planets and avenues of exploration, such that we do no end up reproducing the European/Native American dynamic again.

 

So, just as we change the outcomes when we observe things in quantum mechanics, so too can we change things through observation of our social world and how it actually works.  We don't have to live in squalor with a monkey-ish elite on top of us in the form of either a private or public elite, and those who end up making the big decisions for our societies need not fear or be greedy with their power and influence in order to stay in those positions.  It is a different outlook on leadership, authority and elites for our world.  And it's probably how a lot of changes in outlook and action are going to start taking place within our society at the very least, and amongst all societies in our whole universe at the very most.

 

Think about it.

 

 

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It's just a hypothesis.  Please take it with a grain of salt.

 

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The intimacy of crowds: crowds aren’t really crazed – they are made of highly co-operative individuals driven to shared interests and goals

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Crowds aren’t really crazed – they are made of highly co-operative individuals driven to shared interests and goals


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Interesting.

 

We're still only a sub-rational species, in my view of it.  Yet perhaps our emotional side can be more together than I had previously thought.

 

The non-confrontational policing tactics makes perfect sense, for example, since people get angry when police get angry.  I'm shocked that places like NYPD has not taken these laws to heart, or that we haven't decided at top levels to effectively integrate minorities into American society rather than reject them.

 

The story of human rationality seems to be more complicated than I had thought.  Yet we are still far from perfect for the sake of being able to survive and operate effectively in the long term of evolution, as evidenced by our inability to even accept and work with the fact that the climate is changing against our favor and that we need to slow it down and prepare to adapt to it (as one example).

 

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