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Did Aristotle predict the metamind?

Aristotle

Aristotle seems to have predicted the functional aspect of the metamind with his ethical system centered around the golden mean.  The golden mean is used in many ethical frameworks but generally works the same in all of them.  It’s the tendency of moral agents to have a moderate response.

The golden mean is really just an averaging system.  Pulling from the whole of your personal context and experience and choosing a path in the center not the extremes of deficiency or excess.  The very process of describing a mean is a likelihood based on context.  Or in other words a probability.  The metamind (or conscience) is actually a probability engine for discerning the expected value based on the compound (mandatory) emotional state felt when the rational side of a dilemma is considered.  The main attribute that is missing is in the time attribute limit or the ability to expand or shrink the scope of emotional context by duration.  This seems to indicate psychopathy’s most visible symptom, the inability to group risk by time.  Long term risk management suffering the most, as decisions all seem to benefit now at the expense of later.

This is where his system starts to fall apart.  Aristotle did have the concept of mentally ill or deficient, but worked on the principle that it was curable.  He does not consider that there may be two separate high functioning sets of behaviour displayed by superficially identical human beings.  The first processing the ability to discern the mean(risk) in a flash of insight, and the second that each moral choice was a major struggle.  This resulted in the real world failures of modern day moral relativism.  Where in the worst case the mean is reached only after the abhorrent behaviour is normalized and the scope is tweaked to provide the desired results by an outside influence.  Such as proto-psychopaths, non psychopaths who have been influenced over time to negate their ability to perform moral calculations.  The conscience is there, but captured and temporarily but actively neutralized by outside forces.

Interestingly he discusses a political philosophy very similar to Civgene’s own Distribution Party.   The politics of distribution of equity might be mistaken for a precursor to communism at a glance, but clearly were meant to be taken in the context of struggle of each conscionable human has to accumulate what he would call virtues.  He calls for monetary equality, but it should be taken as above as opportunity to pursue happiness via virtues or to become virtuous.  Complaining about the monetary motivation of oligarchy, it is as if he commenting on the inverse totalitarianism of today.  Taking control of federal equity from the corporations, who are incapable of virtue, and returning them to states or lower, at least who’s components, the citizens, are capable of ongoing, time scope sensible, risk assessment or as he would say, the pursuit of virtue or happiness.  He might list in it’s positive aspects, the abilities of equipped happiness perusing citizens in generating sensible natural law for practical, long term, context sensitive equity distribution.

This is just scratching the surface of his work and it’s similar insights.  His influence is vast and works many.  Many others have expounded and further developed these ideas since his time.  But it seems to be he was the very first to identify just how what we typically call the conscience works.  Bouncing between psychology (generating rational copies of both individuals and society’s emotional maps) and the structure by which such maps are generated, meta-psychology.

What is the conscience?

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The fast version is: Psychopaths were the last human breed pre-civilization. A mutation occurred, forcing a human (and eventually most of them) into mandatory emotional recall. Not only can your rational mind remember your emotions, but you must feel them as you remember things. Now you have two pathways to every memory, the logical (conscious) mind, AND the emotional (subconscious) metamind. The metamind is a more specific name for both the subconscious and the conscience. They are the same thing.

So now when I say ‘basketball’ or show you a picture of a tree, you mind can access memories relating to this two ways. The logical conscious pathways or the emotions associated with that tree (which you immediately feel to a small degree) This forms a passively driven risk engine. Lets say you broke your arm in that type of tree (or playing basketball), or that’s a memory from the day your parents were divorced, when you remember that thing you also logically reference that important memory. The negative emotion from the tree (danger) now activates ALL memories (via the subconscious) with the same negative emotion.

Via MRI psychopaths do not have this secondary mind. That’s why they don’t feel guilt.

That’s how someone can have a panic attack, that’s how propaganda can be used to manipulate you, that’s how gaslighting can drive you mad, that’s how you can feel an outpouring of emotion for someone you have never met simply because they look like someone else, etc, etc.

The conscience is specifically, mandatory emotional recall. Caused by the civgene mutation.

Why is this PITA a genetic advantage? Cause logic doesn’t scale, and the conscience is REALLY fast. Effectively instantaneous. That ‘oh ****’ moment you feel in a local bar, or hunting a mammoth, can save your life.

The key is managing it’s side effects (uncontrollable, unexplainable, perhaps destructive emotions) is reason. Reason is the process of using logical mind to rationalize and eventually personally normalize and tune the messages from the conscience.

The best part though is the side effect. We all trust each other more. We strive for normalcy and feed off each others emotions. Without that, currency, investment and the economy of scale would not be possible. Why plant seeds (and be stuck in one spot) and tend to them when a psychopath can walk right into your hut rape you, kill you (even worse keep and enslave you), eat all your food and then move on to the next hut. You trust that the men (and women) in your village will hear the ruckus and protect you. They recognize the risks of failed investments effect the whole village.

Kinda funny since lots of guilt is about money. Heh.

Sponsored sociopathy

 

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Persistent shunning is effective when a psychopath tries to treat you as a slave.  Is this cruel?  Not at all, you are actually helping them.  You are sharing the virtues of your conscience.  By isolating them from risky social situations, you are helping them to avoid the long term social risks they cannot weigh subconsciously.  More so than than the empaths who are oblivious to their exact disorder, you are acting as their guardian.

Without compound emotions, psychopaths can’t feel fear like we do, only despair.  Human fear is despair imagined in the future.  Fear requires imagination.  Imagination is not just visualization, but subconscious immersion with emotional context.  You could argue that animals display fear, but they are strictly reacting to an occurrence now.  I argue fear indicates a future time component.  Animals are reacting to something they associate with attributes of a past pain, or the basic attributes of danger (a loud noise for example.)  Remove the stimulus and the despair will retract at a predictable pace.  Not necessarily true for a human.  An empathic human will also react to perceived future risk.  Depending on the circumstances, possibly as long as the rest of their life.

Since first putting together the civilization gene theory, I’ve been haunted by the question.  Will the shunning be relentless?  Perhaps not.  Psychopaths have a choice.  Any particular psychopath could decide operate in the open with the logical tools they do have.  If a psychopath were to openly acknowledge civilization as their master, they would then have a framework for treating other humans as peers.To be clear, a psychopath can offer a slave like submission on an individual or small basis, but this is a risky proposition for the propositioned empath(s).  The societies around them and civilization itself are not aware of their psychopath nor in some cases that such a person can even exist.  So when such an agreement is challenged, the psychopath can simply lie and say no agreement existed.  Further they can lie and say they never displayed the negative behavior that brought the agreement to bear.  That is the likely choice to be made by someone driven entirely by selfish logic.  With near certainty if they perceive a golden opportunity.

A zero trust network is needed.  Science is possibly the first such information classification system.  First information is proposed.  Then tests are formulated by someone with both the means and the interest.  Finally the results are verified by anyone with the means to do so.  The cheaper information verification is, the better the system works.

Traditional science has huge barriers to entry for some scientific verification.  Enormous grants are needed to build extravagant machinery and hire vast staffs to perform multi-year experiments that are then locked behind large paywalls guarded by minimally staffed scientific journals.   But more recently open source software has catapulted computer science to the fore with a barrier of entry to one computer, internet connection and food, clothing and electricity for a staff of one.   Just now (in history) Bitcoin and it’s ilk have further scaled the zero trust (scientific) method down to a mere single statement with instant verification on a global scale.

Psychopaths now have simple mechanisms to commit themselves to the greater good.  They simply need a cell phone with a small piece of free software and a golden opportunity that drives them to use it.  They simply need to state under the rigors of vetted mathematics, that they are indeed a sociopath and are prepared to submit to civilization itself.

What does it mean to be part of this commitment to humanity?  Both a commitment to those empaths who have not grown beyond their default state of trust, and to psychopaths who recognize they are being offered assistance navigating or even conquering the oddities of a world built on irrational compassion.  It would looks like this.

Psychopath’s duty

  • Dedication to logic.
  • Admit to sociopathy.
  • Admit civilization and society as your master.
  • Admit a lack of conscience creates social problems.
  • Openly establish trusted sources of criticism (empath sponsors.)
  • Accept criticism from your sponsors.
  • Demonstrate implementation or dismiss feasibility of criticism.
  • Psychopaths must admit that empathic sponsors are capible of Kohlberg’s post conventional thinking.

Empath’s duty

  • Vigilence.  Sponsorship means always being prepared to revert to shunning.
  • Psychopaths have no singular authority over data.
  • Psychopaths have no direct reports.
  • A commitment to a reasoned approach to inclusion baring violation of the above.
  • Sponsors must understand that Kohlberg’s conventional stage is the final moral destination for psychopaths.

The essence of this system is for empaths to lend, and verify the reception of, the post conventional properties to the conscience to sponsored sociopaths.  In return the psychopath can enjoy more (though obviously not limitless) social freedom.  The ability to move freely around people who will shun rather than punish or attack them for missing some ‘common sense’ about long term risk.  Who instead of condemning them for not displaying a behavior they simply can’t display, will lend their abilities to navigate day to day risks.  Instead of doubling down on social pressure (more importantly the consequences of not complying) allowing the sociopaths isolated downtime to logically asses their environment and subsequently control their mood swings.

While this will likely fail for any psychopaths in narcisistic or ASPD stage (described in ‘psychopath labels’) there is real promise for assisting an intelligent logical sociopath into a sponsored conventional stage.  This would be both beneficial to psychopath and to society as a whole as the long term risky behaviors are reduced.

The power of suggestion

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What is the power of suggestion?  It falls in to a group of techniques directly speaking to an empath’s (a non-psychopath’s) metamind or their subconscious.

The danger should be immediately obvious.  Your emotions strongly influence your decisions.  This is not mysterious or questioned.  Your parents used this to get you to act in a way that protected you from danger long before you really understood the danger rationally.  The power of suggestion is a guilt trap, an ‘I told you so’ just waiting to happen.

Suggestion is similar to propaganda in that is is inserting alien information into your mind.  But instead of attempting to insert emotion, it sets up a time bomb or tripwire for you to stumble over later.  Not comprised of an out of context emotion like propaganda, but instead a brief, almost forgettable rational memory, describing a future event.

The problem is of course intent.  If an irrational suggestion is made that something terrible will happen, to you or something you care about, your metamind subtly assigns a despair emotion before you file it away.  You forget about it because it has no rational context, so it never comes up.  But then later when the terrible thing happens your metamind reactivates the otherwise orphaned memory.  Without knowing why you feel you ‘should have known.’ Suddenly you feel regret and guilt about a terrible thing you had no way to rationally foresee and were not a party to.

Why is this important?  The despair diminishes or even blocks the ‘will to action’ primary emotion.  Simply by telling you that I will harm you later out of context, I can block your ability to react.  You will be paralysed with guilt.

Of course this goes a long way to explain why conspiracy theories are marginalized.  Conspiracy theories sabotage the guilt trap by building a rational pathway to the previously isolated memory holding the despair emotion.

If you trust a source of information that despises conspiracy theory, they may be protecting their suggestions of guilt to your subconscious.  If you discover this to be true, consider a strict regimen of shunning for your source.  Their techniques are manipulative and disingenuous.

The Rose/Manson Interview

Now for something a little more down to earth.

This is a great video to grasp the basics of psychopathy.  Manson clearly lands in the ASPD stage.  This includes Narcissistic elements of course.  Looks like he never resolved himself to the long game of sociopathy.  He is not aware and apparently not interested that Rose is not falling for his emotional trigger saturated scripts.  He is clearly very intelligent as the smarter the psychopath the more effective the scripts.  Not that it matters for him at this point, facing life in prision give little motivation to cover up who he is.

It’s not surprising if you find this video difficult to watch.  Beside ethical indignation at his acts, he is very, very good at lighting off emotional triggers.  He is actually trying to program the other viewers, Rose, and you as you watch.  If you didn’t notice you are likely very vulnerable to both marketing and propaganda.  Your metamind, probably felt in your gut, should be screaming!  It is critical that you understand and recognise that technique if you ever expect to know yourself.

If you’ve seen inception, your metamind should feel something like this.

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You’ll only get to experience clear first hand sight of these scripts if you improve your technique enough that a psychopath is forced to switch scripts several times.  This is what Manson is doing throughout with Rose.  Constantly changing the topic so he can use his whole salvo of emotionally charged words to try and implant new ideas in your or Rose’s head.

If you were to transcribe and then rewrite Mansons words with less common synonyms, you would notice a few things.

While the scripts are coherent to themselves, the larger thread they follow is almost totally incoherent.  He is clearly just pulling the next script out of the ‘comfey’ or ‘scared’ or ‘remorseful’ pile, depending on what he wants you to feel.   Of course a sociopath who is successfully integrated into the corporate world (for example) will have much longer much more complex scripts.

In a more abstract sense the rambling choice of scripts is a commentary on the empathic mind.  He so much as says so.  He is pointing out how irrational we are, and how we made ourselves vulnerable to people like him.  He clearly is not aware of others in this sense.  That’s why he isn’t a sociopath.  He has no idea we have a metamind that specializes in connecting unlike things by compound emotion.  From his perspective the origin of empathic ideas is totally opaque.  Just a random number generator.

This video in part is the inspiration for the metamind model.  We could sit there all day and attach meanings to his ramblings, he’s counting on that, but his assortment of scripts are are what they are to him.  Just buckets full of scripts.  His lone insight through his sole lens is that we are insane from his perspective.

What you talking bout willis?

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Rather than force people to read the ridiculous tomes on this blog, I have made a terms page, explaining rarely used, misused, newly defined, or new words.  One day when I have more time I’ll make it even shorter.

Of course I am open to correction or criticism.

Can psychopaths love?

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They are as capable of love as any other animal, except other humans.  Humans have the title when it come to complex emotions, and what is more complex than love?

It’s been shown via MRI scan that love is really two different emotions.

  • That puppy love a 6th grader feels when they have their first crush.
  • An intellectual love like a adult child feels for their parents, or spouses feel or parents and children.

They activate and use different parts of the brain.  Of course there is a spectrum in between for most people.   As with most emotions.  But they should be distinguishable via MRI.

The former is of course the simple primitive bliss.   Sex (as Freud suggested even if we are too young to recognize it early on) and food are primary drivers.  So of course any animal can experience bliss resulting from mating or the near term potential to do so.

The more complex love I would say they can’t experience it.  One marked exception may be immediate family.   Some sort of base loyalty?  There does seem to be something of a legitimate bond there, sometimes.  Makes sense as a tribal psychopaths would have advantages over lone ones.  Many other animals display behaviors for family loyalty, so there is a genetic precedent for sure.  Fossil records indicate early humans living in small family tribes.

This would be a great thing to test in a study.

Take MRIs of long time known empath couples looking at photos of each other and then a control photo.  Also Take MRIs of new known empaths looking at photos of each other and a control.  Do the same for psychopaths and compare.  I’d bet the long term ‘love’ photos would look quite different, where bliss may be indistinguishable.

There was a recent MRI study which indicates some couples never leave bliss.  Obviously a long term couple with bliss brain patterns could not participate.  Again this should be easily distinguishable.  Interestingly it is possible that the only successful long term relationship involving a psychopath would be the less common persistent bliss type.

So they may be telling the truth when they say they love you but not as you think of it .  Keep in mind they have no mechanism to experience the complex warm love as we can.  Bliss (or lust) sure, but we know that wears out for most.  You can bet the psychopath will not feel guilt when it does.

Metamind

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I started writing a post for this blog about the metamind or conscience.  Well things got a little out of control.  Ended up defending conspiracy theories and explaining how the Nazis happened.  This always seems to happen to me.

Just follow the link.

http://civgene.matthewnewhall.com/papers/Metamind.html

As usual please comment and let me know what you think.