Godel's Proof and The Human Condition - The Basic Essays

The Unemployability Conjecture

(Economics Note 3)

It is in the evolutionary nature of man that he is always be able to carry some segment of population which can not be 'meritably employed' -that is 'drone/burden overpopulation', in effect, of his basic, 'evolutionary-organism labor/requirements' and a 'sink', consequently, on the life-style-and-quality of the continuing organism.
The importance of the conjecture (below) cannot be overemphasized in that ministering to employment (nature and constitution) is a major part of every government/economy. The fact is however, that employment per_se does little for that 'health' if related 'goods and services' are not in some very pertinent way qualified by impact upon the future material and intellectual substance of that government/economy -and that, with respect to others of the world. The issue then, is one of 'merit' in 'the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services' -of the validities of those present-day elements more specifically, for their impacts on the future life-style-and-quality of the constituency.

There are three considerations in the 'proof' of this conjecture -the first, proof/axiomatic in of itself, the other two providing critical, quantitative aspects.

1 - In that 'what of the human phenomenon and things human is or is not of merit(*1) cannot be known without some appropriate statisticality', some 'production, distribution and consumption of goods and services' is inevitably to be found 'having been without merit' -even if 'only circumstantially so'.

2 - The rate at which mankind is 'best able to invest his configuration space'(*2), is limited by the purely physical/physical-law processes underlying his genetics and their operational consequents.

-which say, in effect, that for every 'optimal population meritably employed', there is also 'some optimal, essentially unemployed population of potential such sustaining relationship' -the whole, dynamic and only heuristically determinable thruout.

3 - There are typically three successive and overlapping inhabitational stages attaching a 'new organism surviving into an econiche' -diasporative: that of the new organism proliferating into some 'essentially new' econiche-whole dynamic; saturative: the organism overpopulating what the econiche can support of it, and -organism population receding, consequently- stable: manifesting 'the dynamic stability of classical, econiche biologies'.

[The whole of life-form evolution is identifiable, in general, as a succession of such invasions and die-offs, thus (inspite of overlapping evolutionary processes) the 'classical, econiche biology' of invertebrates 'before' the appearance of vertebrates was just a precedent to that of 'merely warm-blooded cerebrating vertebrates' (perhaps thru prosimians) before the appearance of 'eventually deliberating hominids'.]

-What these three translate to is that 'the more reliably this new-human-organism process is understood -and governed, consequently- the less likely are the consequences of diasporation and saturation to be pejorative to eventually stable life-style-and-quality' -and be too late found having been so.

For a mankind at a 'still only diasporative stage of evolution' then, what this means is that 'the determination of optimal populations of meritable and/or potential employment' depends entirely upon validities in 'the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services' -of occupation, in effect, consonant the nature and course of human evolution(*3).

There is a relatively fixed mental-and-physical rate-per-human-mass at which any particular constituency can progress, and this in turn depends entirely upon the intellectual development of the constituency and its expression of that with respect to economic potentials of its resource/environment -a measure, in effect, of its civilization. 'Creating meritable occupation', consequently, depends upon (a) 'what population the resource/environment can bear', (b) what life-style-and-quality the constituency-whole may knowledgeably expect and pass on to the progeny-whole and (c) what occupations -labor, research and education- can be supported given that 'relatively fixed mental-and-physical rate at which any particular constituency can progress'. -Thus-
The Unemployability Conjecture
It is neither 'mentally' nor physiologically possible for science and technology, government or any other agency or combination to generate, arbitrarily, either employment or 'idlemind occupation' -especially 'meritable', for everyone in overpopulation of what actual labor is required to sustain him. (-from Arms Reduction and Global Reconstruction)
[We are told -and 'primitively' believe, that 'The economy has to grow', and we believe, consequently, in an achievable 'full employment'. But 'sustainable resource use' tells us (the resource/environment is not bottomless) that only 'so many' can ultimately be 'sustained' -and, heuristically, only 'so many' of 'best well-being and viability' are implicit and therefore inevitable of genetic imperative -the rest superfluous. Nor is it a harmless superfluity: what 'excess' we carry in diasporation works 'naturally' into a saturative drone/burden overpopulation of (one degree or another) degraded or depleted resource/environment -of, consequently, diminished life-style-and-quality potential to the continuing organism-whole.(See Breakdown.)]

The importance of this 'conjecture' cannot be overemphasized. Thruout the world, people are -quite 'naturally', being educated to such levels of higher intellectual capability as will, in fact, be increasingly unemployable with (increasingly) 'effective overpopulation'. And 'innocent and ignorant'ly so in that not having been educated to the reality of this conjecture, to the etiology of the situation, most will find it 'unacceptable' (many do already) to do work (let alone find it) beneath their 'intellectual capability'. Our education is, in fact, inadequate in that it is not that of 'a mankind attuned to the nature and course of hominid evolution under inevitable sustainable resource use', but one, rather, of an essentially still pecking-ordered hominid diasporating into his whole-earth/econiche.

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*1 - regarding 'merit'-
... where the 'real' value [merit] of a commodity is determined, literally, by its import with respect to the nature and course of continuing human progresssion. -The single, most important characteristic/property identifying this 'nature and course' is 'increasing life-style-and-quality (Property 6a, in particular) out of decreasing (physical) labor genetically fundamental to organism viability'. It is 'optimizing' this particular evolution then, that determines 'the validity of commodity and employment' and constitutes in effect, an only one possible and ultimately proper economic criterion. (-from
Unemployment and Economic Policy)
*2 - configuration-space investment: the learning and assimilation of 'the phenomenological properties of the econiche (and universe )' that facilitate hominid viability and progression -that characterize the evolution and intrinsic 'aristocratization' of mankind. (-from Key Words, Phrases and Concepts)
[Sleep, for example, is not 'especially space-investing' -nor (typically) graffiti either -unless it happens to be somehow 'advancing' of the knowledge/sophistication/connectivity we sometimes associate with the arts or literature. Computerized stock-trading, likewise, is not (usually) 'configuration-space investing' in that is it is, rather, more or less 'deliberatively free-loading' and therefore 'generally pejorative to that evolution'. -See Unemployment and Economic Policy.]
*3 - The four modes of human occupation -organism-viability related, intellectual, life-style-and-quality related and 'idle-minded', are major subjects in Unemployment and Economic Policy.