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Cult deplaforms, uncult replatforms


What is a cult? It is a faith based organization that disallows exit. The open secret is that faith need not be supernatural, but can easily be theoretically provable, and yet still be just faith. Since human science controls are typically unethical, political organizations are faith based. Even worse, fundamentalist political organizations that are both corrupt and more focused on rules than identity may make exit impossible, becoming a stealthy cult.

The human conscience grows stronger to recognising risk as it is exposed. In some cases opponents may be few, but unanimous political support at scale indicates oppression. People then carry the flag of their faith based organization as though it gives them wizardly powers of truth, joyous in their lack of opposition. In reality they are supporting an organization that limits opportunities for external criticism and has removed the opportunity of exit of their perceived opponents. There are always externalities, a lack of their observers indicates the absence of freedom.

When a rule focused hierarchy faces opposition of it’s procedures or plans, it’s mechanizations slow. Warnings elicit groans and frustration from committees and meetings as the cost of ordinary business begins to rise. Risk/impact analysis can elude even well meaning actors and resources are squandered. If a hierarchies leaders are flawed through incompetence, naivete, or actively defecting, the hierarchy can suffer and ultimately fail.

If they hear every risk, resources are squandered, but if they miss even one high impact risk, the result is the same. Hierarchies need to get this right. High frequency risks have high currency(social or monetary) rewards for discovery, a feedback loop is naturally created. The low frequency risks are the ones that pose typical systemic threats.

Cults are dangerous because the low frequency risk examination is blocked with ultimate authority, or in other words, physical force. Just like any hierarchy it blocks the disruptions caused by low frequency risks to cut costs (or something worse from corrupt psychopathic defectors) You have been deplatformed, so you can not repair the system, and because it is an ultimate authority, you can not exit it. Traditionally, all non mainstream thinkers are trapped in cult.

This systemic risk has been accepted because of a lack of resources to correct it. Books and widely distributed publications, and the freedom of speech that protected them, have been the only externalities. These publications require enormous resources to utilize them. A lifetime can be spent popularizing a single externality enough that public pressure forces the review of it’s risk. Thanks to technology, this limitation is no longer the case.

The Internet has the power to be the uncult. It can identify the intent of ‘cost cutting’ to ignore or externalize low frequency risks. Risks without feedback loops no longer need to be deplatformed, they can be replatformed. Hierarchies can no longer hide behind natural resource limits. A simple address, redirecting people to low frequency risk resource sites can be employed for no cost, rather than cutting them off all together.  Use their old platform to point to their new one. Allowing people to explore the risk for themselves, possibly leading to a failure avoiding fork.

The only coherent argument against this policy in general, is the lack of people’s ability to govern themselves in democracy, which I wholly reject. Democracy works because hierarchy attracts psychopaths and their behavioural spectrum, and the furthest people from that center are the least likely to harbour opportunistic ill intent. Make a personal change, absent clear and present danger, only accept the uncult. Hierarchies that replaform instead of deplatforming. It’s free, so anything less is a rejection of the viability of democracy itself.

The terror of rational clarity

headshot“And everytime you think you know just what you’re doin’ That’s when your troubles exceed” — Guns and Roses

‘Success consists of getting up one more time than you fall.’

As the metamind grows and adapts it faces moments of eventual success.  Moments where reason is comprised just of the rational mind.  Not because there is no risk for the conscience to report, but because it has been successfully rationalized or rationally accommodated.  Present risks are understood in total so the metamind is quiet.  For some, they want or need to meditate to reach this state.  For others meditation need not be a ritual, but simple state of mind.

The conscience suddenly intrudes on your clarity.  You may rationalize, ‘What if I do not understand the moral course of action at all?’  It can be terrifying.  With the conscience quiet the rational mind is free to explore all the darkness of self serving convenience.  Exploring an evil(perfectly selfish) point of view.  The conscience comes roaring back with the subconscious recognition, that it’s absence means one thing.  As a direct product of the success of rationalization to the point of self actualization, you were briefly thinking like a psychopath.  A moment of internal emotional whiplash, where you at your best suddenly became you at your worst.

There are several possible explanations for the sudden intrusion of a recently happy conscience in people who make a real effort towards self knowledge.

1.   The untethered rational mind explores some new, dark, but personally gratifying future, which poses compounding threats to the self later down the timeline.  We’ve recognized a new risk to rationalize.  The conscience fires up and reminds us to act like a well adjusted human being.  Pointing out dead ends (double down, defect(depart), or die) in our potential plans.

2.    If you are not yet a self actualized as a meta-psychopath (I imagine it’s quite rare to fully arrive if possible at all), you may be detecting a layer of protopsychopathy.  This is also a common situation.  While many foolishly deny it, outsiders program our emotions all the time.  Sure as you had parents or guardians, your emotions have been either completely explored, or are are still directing you from once external or alien decision making.

3.    I think those are both more easily resolvable, but here is the real risk.  That you are seeing the endgame.  The outcomes have become final.  That no amount of probability calculation can navigate through the problems facing you.  This recognition that the three D’s, the psychopaths basket of choices, are all you have left.  This is exactly what cognitive dissonance is.  Frozen in the fear that your metamind no longer affords you any advantage, so you give up on it.

Number three, cognitive dissonance, is the most neglected and interesting case.  The good news is huge.  Most likely cognitive dissonance or any persistent failure of the conscience is a false negative.  In a way faith(political, religious or other) is a shortcut to recognising this for structurally incomplete reasons.  You have actually mistaken the inability to discern risk now from the inability to discern risk later.  Of course faith alone can be tested, and can fail you (if it can’t fail it’s not faith but indoctrination or other forms of belief), leaving you in a lurch.

Here is how civgene helps.

Knowing that the conscience/metamind is a passively driven risk engine hands you the solution.  Don’t give up.  If your conscience can’t perform the risk calculation, that’s not telling your problems can’t be solved.  It’s telling you you need more data.  That’s it.  Both not giving up, and trying new things has the best chance of showing you the moral, or low risk, way forward.  Curiosity doesn’t just serve laziness or amusement, but is the key to a healthy metamind.

If you find your self in the pits of despair, seek new points of view.  Socialize.  Learn.  Build.  Invent.  Create.  And the answers will come.  Use faith for rationalization, but not as a crutch or belief against your own personal darkness.  If you hide behind ‘faith’ you can become trapped in a vain well of self gratification, devoid of new information, barrelling towards the same three Ds that haunt all that biologically define their success through jealousyThe conscience  functions best interacting with all society, even the parts you don’t like.  Explore and accept the world for what it is and you will understand how to navigate through it.