I haven’t published any new articles for a couple of months and I thought it would be good to update everyone on what has been going on here.
I’ve continued to have conversations and mini-debates about Sapiocracy. The idea is still unchallenged after 2.5 years. Everyone I come in contact with is strongly encouraged to attack it and many do. But every attempt has failed to produce any concern.
The real proof of this concept will come in the form of one or more usable implementations. This will take time. There are many pieces that will take a lot of careful preparation, especially in the synchronization of the first specifications and implementation. I’ve been quietly focusing on the development of the system.
Unless I come up or are presented with a new idea that is radically relevant, I won’t be focusing on new articles on the site although I’ll probably post updates like this every couple of months for good form. Focusing on the implementation is much more practical in the meantime.
That said, I still monitor the site, approve new users, etc. So don’t be shy and send me a private message on the forum. 🙂
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.
There are seemingly complex political issues that most people aren’t informed or responsible enough to wisely vote on. Indeed, this is the main problem with pure democracy – the masses inevitably vote themselves benefits from the public treasury without understanding the long-term consequences of their ignorance. This is a main driver of the downfall of empires.
How would a Sapiocracy behave in the face of such issues? I’m writing this article as a thought experiment to demonstrate the powerful feedback mechanisms in Sapiocracy and to give a good, real-world example.