Just a quick note. I’ve installed a forum using MyBB and created handy-dandy header logos.
You can get to the forums using the “Forum” link in the header or by clicking here.
The forums use a separate login. Please use the same user name and password for this blog and the forum as we may merge the logins at some point. If they don’t match, that won’t work out too well for you.
Update 2015-03-01: I’ve killed the logins for the blog. Commenters can just specify a name each time. So the only login here is in the forums.
To be viable, any implementation of Sapiocracy requires an underlying system that is:
1) Secure – The computing system(s) cannot be tampered with.
2) Reliable – The functionality must be repeatably testable.
3) Open – Anyone with sufficient curiosity must be able to verify points 1 and 2.
4) Free – No entity can be allowed to force profit from the distribution or use of Sapiocracy.
I see western populations grouped as a stratification of three distinct personalities. I may get the percentages wrong, but you’ll get the idea. The lowest (and largest) layer is around 80% and consists of mostly naive people who believe the propaganda they’re served. I’ll call these the lemmings. They aren’t stupid, but hopelessly believe what they’re told and don’t look below the surface at all. They are too concerned what others think of them and they’re trying to validate their own existence using metrics served to them by others. They go with the flow and try to avoid making waves. They believe in the American Dream and they think they have a chance at the nice home and car if they do what they’re told. Their understanding of reality is guided by mainstream media. They are simply ignorant.
“Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.” – Edward Abbey
I just read this quote in this image, linked from this article, which was cross posted here. (Yes, I’ve lurked at Zero Hedge for years. There’s a lot of good information there that you won’t find in mainstream media although, as always, you’ve got to take what you see with a grain…or pound…of salt.)
I’m not a fan of most quotes since they can seem profound when they’re really not. Daniel Dennett calls such non-profound-but-profound-sounding statements deepities. Dan humorously explains here.
This quote, however, rings true and the metaphor of a stew is powerful.
Sapiocracy prevents the scum at the top by Continue reading
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.” – Alexander Tytler
As famously said, democracy is the worst form of government, except for all of the others. Why is this? I believe democracy is just a bit too simple.
The Sapiocracy Mission
During the last half century, I’ve learned a few things. Humans constantly bitch about their problems but rarely do anything to solve them. I created sapiocracy.com as part of a longer-term effort to change this. I intend to change the behavior of the human species.
If you really digest the that last paragraph in its full force, this is a vast goal. I’m aware. I’m not talking about writing articles to try to convince people they’re wrong or help people make minor life changes so they can achieve some trivial goals. I’m talking about developing real systems that cause radical change in the way people think and act.