Sunday
Dec022018

HIERARCHY

     Hierarchy is an increasingly visible word in current dialogue about the economy, politics and psychology.  Perhaps our ever more informed society is coming around to accepting that hierarchy is a universal organizing principle, beit galaxies or gerrymandering.  The insight seems to be emerging that we cannot idealize it away, but that we must deal with it empirically.  Out here in the heartland, we seem to get the "rock/paper/scissors" attributes of the phenomenal world, but societally, we still have a  hard time grasping the anti-hierarchical implications of our most cherished meme:  "all men are created equal" 

     The irony, of course, is that, at both ends of the socio-economic hierarchy, the tribes and sub-tribes rely on this fable to manage their position in the hierarchy.  It doesn't matter how many times the Harris/Peterson types clarify the "equality of opportunity" vs. "equality of outcome" divergence....no one is listening.  The "power-players" use the "equality meme"  to maintain the prevailing hierarchy status quo by overt publicity that there is no hierarchy, thereby minimizing the likelihood that an organized resistance will arise. The "provider-players" use the meme to, with disingenuous naivete, taunt the "power-players' into greater faux altruism transfers by playing on the "power-players" ambitions to keep the ruse working.

     This cross-check tension pattern has obviously produced advancement across the entire hierarchy.  Jack Ma is happy that Alibaba recently sold $1B in 86 seconds, and I'm happy that Amazon delivered my toaster-oven for about an hours wage in only 9 hours, but....history suggests that while some knowingly non-rational systems are adaptive (i.e. the cold war) the far more robust systems are those based on  patterns closely synched with immutable forces, (i.e. SpaceX rocket landing). 

    So how do we adapt toward a "Transparent Hierarchy" culture.  The NFL uses "Salary Caps", the far-left likes UBI, democracies use votes, the retched favor caravans....... it's muddy, but compelling. 

  •              ”The most improper job of any man … is bossing other men. Not one in a million
  •               is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.

                                                                                                           — JRR Tolkien

       

Monday
Nov262018

Is "race" a useful marker?

     Recently, I read a blog comment from a reader identified as "blackmamba".  The expression was forthright and lucid. It offered that:

There is only one multi-ethnic multi-colored multi-national, multi-faith, species whose origins trace to Africa 300, 000 years ago. What we call race is an evolutionary fit pigmented response to varying levels of solar radiation at altitudes and latitudes primarily related to the production of Vitamin D adapted to protect genes from damaging mutations. As such, we are all African primate apes driven to crave fat, salt, sugar, habitat, water, sex and kin by any means necessary including conflict and cooperation. 

     The conclusion that "race" is just about "pigment" is counter-productive in societies ongoing effort to achieve "equality of opportunity" across the species.  When we spin gender and race as irrelevant, we just confuse half of the species and piss-off the other half.  Few familiar with the NFL, the PGA, the Spelling Bee,  etc., believe this simplistic assessment, and certainly their complex structures seem to be  "evolutionary fit".

 

Sunday
Nov252018

Mean Metaphors

     There seems to be no end to human creativity when it comes to ascribing pejorative names for those we fear.  Hillary's "basket of deplorables" sparked a race for substitute metaphors yielding "halflings" and "catfood coalition", (District Nine Movie),  my personal favorite and many others. If the clever ones were only as skilled at reducing the  class spectrum, we would all be happier.

Thursday
Nov222018

Alexa is a Dude!

     It's Black Friday and we are awash in "tech promotions", especially this year, "Virtual Assistants".  It may well be the case that your family, both young and old, simply cannot survive without a hovering set of eyes and ears offered up by Silicon Valley Alphas..  Not surprisingly these pre-droid friends have mostly feminine names,  like Siri, Alexa, etc.  The gender evoking names plays both to "me too" and the increasingly ego challenged guys, just happy to still control anyone/anything. 

     There is, however, a subtle but ominous, gender play loaded into this emerging paradigm shift.  We are entering a reality space where humans are no longer what we eat, what we see, what we dream....we are now, in large measure, what our VA's (virtual assistant) have identify/published as the optimum Baysian inferred responses to our precedent states of awareness.  Our consciousness is indeed being assembled by our Apple Watch and other  transmission device on which we rely to provide adverb instructions from the cloud. If this isn't the most absurd strategy for "doing 80 years", I don't know what is.....

    Although few who push the Amazon one-click buy button tomorrow have any idea what/who/it is that emerges from the cloud with all the answers, they would be well cautioned to know that this endlessly expanding "neural networks" orchestrating our lives.......well they,  the NNs (neural networks), had parents, euphemistically speaking. Although increasingly running on "feedback drive", i.e. facebook, the origin scaffolding/algorithms were parented by a small cadre of GenX/GenY Alphas using their own cultural insights to ground what is and will forever be, our God.

     And for the "finale".  The NN parentage cadre is 88% male.  Make of this what you will.... remembering that your assessment is already teed up... up there in the cloud....  just waiting for your VA to awaken you with your "male biased" personal choice! 

Tuesday
Nov202018

It's Not Greek

 

 

Alphas tend to compensate when Betas dominate Gammas and Deltas.

Betas tend to fear Alphas and oppress Gammas and Deltas

Gammas tend to be averse to everyone except Gammas

Deltas tend to engage as though everyone is a Delta