After a few weeks being distracted by other priorities, I ran across this article in the Intercept describing the work of I.F. Stone. Here’s a telling video to set the context of this post about the corruption of human decision-making and how it relates to the availability of truth to the individual.
This notion that the powerful will always [eventually] lie is a very powerful thing to realize about human behavior in general. It doesn’t just happen at the very largest scale of governments or mega-corporations. It happens between any factions of people – even between individuals. It is an innate part of human behavior. The ability to deceive is at the very core of what it means to be human. But just because you (and every other) person has the ability to deceive doesn’t mean everyone always deceives. What drives that decision is the perception of the odds of a positive outcome for the person contemplating applying the deception and the morality of that person. Large organizations get excessively corrupt when the people in control have very weak morals. At that point, they’ll employ deception at every turn if there’s a small payback – just look at large business and politics.
As the reward increases, so does the likelihood of deception. It follows that the more powerful (or larger) a faction becomes, the more likely it is that deception becomes typical in their behavior. This can be easily understood if you imagine a small group of people with a common dogma (perhaps a religious group) versus one faction with different beliefs. It is no surprise that group might deceive others attempting to discredit the other. Conversely, it isn’t hard to believe that the attacked faction might employ deception as a way to combat the attacks to similarly discredit the first group. The larger and more powerful the group, the more likely the deception.
History is full of examples of large organizations (especially governments) carrying out deception campaigns. Reading the work of Edward Bernays (which I highly recommend – start with his book “Propaganda”) should give you a disturbing view into the logic of organized deception. It works. Those in power (corporations and government) use this kind of deception constantly. The recent boom in technology and scientific research has turned the craft into a well-understood scientifically applied weapon against human brains in order to increase control. One could say the powerful have mastered the application of organized deception with tools like the internet, smart phones and near-complete control of main stream media.
If you’ve spent any time researching the difference between reality and the content of main stream media anywhere, none of this will surprise you. There is more to it than just spotting the difference and thinking everything is better because you know about it. The problem is that most people don’t know about it – they won’t know about it – they’re human! Most people won’t research it because they’re too busy living their lives without understanding what lurks in the dark corners of the large organizations. After all, the large organizations are most likely lying to them in their own defense.
The problem with this nearly universal rule that large organizations use extremely effective deceptions is that most people are very vulnerable to it, are completely unaware of it and are naturally resistant to those trying to teach them about it. The natural state of having a human brain means you are comfortable in your imperfect world view. Being wrong feels exactly like being right. This is well understood. This allows organized deceptions to be highly successful for most of a population, even if there exists a small faction screaming from rooftops about it. That small faction is immediately labelled as conspiracy theorists with tinfoil hats. Average people just don’t want to hear it because the deceivers claim they are nut-jobs – and that deception works! Nobody wants to be considered a nut-job, so the average person defensively resists the information. You can’t blame the average person for this either – they’re just human and this is how the human brain works.
Sapiocracy fundamentally changes the way this process works by ensuring the best possible research for the masses. Science and technology have been used by the powerful to increase the effectiveness of deception, far beyond the original environment in which human brains evolved. The modern environment is vastly different. Traditional forms of governance have not yet been upgraded to defend against this advanced deception. Sapiocracy provides this defense as an integral part of its functional structure.
Sapiocracy is designed so results of each action are fed back into the system such that the masses cannot be easily deceived. In Sapiocracy, deception necessarily leads to loss of power. Any challenges to truth claims are performed using Sapiocracy, which carefully filters the information using the wisest people in the population. This filtration is a powerful filter that drastically reduces the effectiveness of all types of deception. In this way, Sapiocracy itself integrates a very widespread function analogous to the work of journalists like I. F. Stone.
Thank you Jon Schwarz to writing this article that brought this point to my attention.