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Heuristic Government and Economic Policy
Prefatory Comments on the Nature of the Material(*9)
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An Abstract of Somewhat Larger Scope(*a)
Democracy -the 'best' form of government?
Human Nature and
The Inevitabilities of Human Deliberative Capability
We cannot know either what we might become or what might become of us without knowing how we have come to be what we are -a matter only of science and nothing else.
Because of origins as 'a warm-blooded, primitively cerebrating vertebrate', man cannot have 'divined' the eventual evolution of his uniquely human 'deliberative capability' and its consequences. What has developed consequently -evolved, is that man has learned how to 'facilitate' his existence -'technological advances', before discovering the consequences of such 'facilitation out of ignorance' -that, in particular, he would some day -and inevitably, come to regret how he had both lessened the duration and worsened the very nature of his existence on earth through war, waste and the corruption of 'pre-sapiens natural dynamics' -overpopulation, pollution, global warming and econiche die-offs -worsening human existence.
the greater part of history, these mechanisms were more or less satisfactory in the sense that
it was not intellectually yet possible to foresee problematic consequences arising from underlying physiological dynamics.
Economics and economic theory, in this respect, have evolved as less concerned with such consequences than with 'invisible hand's, 'economic growth' and abstract market properties more or less 'ignorantly conjured into existence and
Critically missing in this then is any reference to man's expressly physiological nature -and to that aforementioned 'deliberative capability' in particular -to the inevitability, in other words, of his increasingly deliberated and 'scientifically meliorated' influence on what is a closed-earth system in favor of 'life-form best longevity' -dirigiste heurism.
Deliberative capability(*3) is exactly such a purely physiological property -but one, essentially, without such limitation, thus beginning with whatever 'first prohominid seed' of this capability, evolving
man became 'successively more capable of assimilating and intellectualizing (eventually) successively higher-order relationships out of the various properties and organisms of his configuration-space' -mathematics and 'the arts', the outer edge
Hominid evolution reflects, in that sense, an intellectualizing machine that goes successively by itself.
-And the asymptotic peculiarity of this machine then, is that the more that it 'discovers and intellectualizes the nature of itself and its configuration-space', the more it 'prefers that space uncorrupted for successive discovery and intellectualization' -and works to that end too -as, for example, 'How did this whatever become the whatever it is?' -and, heuristically, 'I wonder what happens if I do this to that?'.
The nature and uniqueness of this property with respect to any of all other properties of this and all life-forms, consequently, identifies the evolving hominid as potentially capable -circumstances permitting, of making 'natural
evolutionary process' itself successively subordinate to 'evolving discovery and intellectualization' -genetic modification, an example.
Because of the heuristically evolutionary nature of this 'successively higher-order intellectualization' however, there is no way of determining how this property plays into this 'discovery and subordination of the world about it' except as
a function of how well this still intellectually evolving human life-form understands this complexly relational phenomenon.
The human being, in other words, is the only organism capable of 'intellectualizing the nature of itself and its configuration space' -and heuristically influencing, thereby, 'that very nature of itself and its continuing existence' by such
discovery and intellectualization.
In hindsight then, at any first existence of this property, it merely 'advantaged' the hominid in the sense that it made him 'the highest-order, warm-blooded primitively cerebrating vertebrate over all other organisms'.
Given, further, the successive nature of this property then (above), we may now observe that the nature of the continuing existence of this human life-form depends entirely upon how it discovers and incorporates that 'potential power of
such discovery and assimilation' -how it discovers, in other words, 'the role of deliberative capability' in the determination of that 'continuing existence' (thus-).
(*6) Because it is evolutionally -and therefore intellectually, more complex, 'discovering the nature of man' is only initially subordinate to 'any beginning evolution of technology'.
By the very existence of this statement then, it 'advantages' us to discover (insofar as possible) how technology plays into 'the existence of man' as we advance technology and our 'discovery of human nature' -only a matter of time, in other
words, before deliberative capability brings us to oversee and heuristically direct both the evolution and incorporation of technology -dirigiste heurism(*4) therein.
-Deliberative capability is not only 'a machine that goes by itself', in other words, but a property which works inexorably towards superceding any and all human physiological or other properties.
This aspect of human nature has yet to be even identified, however, in anything of human interaction so far -economics, for example, but 'the advancement of science itself' too.
The Importance Of Biodiversity
Most people 'rue possible loss of biodiversity', but asked why it is important, they fall upon essentially emotional explanation that has absolutely nothing to do with 'inevitable consequences of deliberative capability and genetic imperative'. Simply stated, most people have learned to expect a certain continuing predicability of resource/environment dynamics upon which man has depended from 'the beginning' -food, for example, one way or another. What 'common man' does not know -but evolutionary biologists do, on the other hand, is that as we corrupt natural, pre-sapiens dynamics [eating what he's used to] through overpopulation and existential(*8) excesses, we also permanently degrade that resource/environment of material and information that, driven by genetic imperative and therefore inevitably to be regretted, 'the life-form needs to live as long as possible'.
The Importance Of Expediency
We are already well into saturating the planet of what it can more or less support of human population and its pressures on natural resources and the environment. Global warming is now generally accepted a de-facto consequence, and animal extinctions too, for example, continue to be verified. Worse still then, there is a momentum in this growing population and its 'extracting existentialism from the planet', and what this momentum tells us is that our various 'economic and other problems' -'sustainable resource use', for example, continue to grow and convolve under us even as we try to understand them.
(*e) 'A world democracy of variously autonomous and ignorant individuals, peoples and nations'(*h) -although not Garrett Hardin's language, is a situation essentially identified in his
1968 essay, 'The Tragedy of the Commons'.
And too, most peoples and nations today continue to grow into 'variously unequal' resource/environments with 'the pecking-order-based mentality of earliest man for whatever best living he can extract'.
More pointedly and realistically then, such 'world democracy' identifies the de-facto non-existence of two or more nations anywhere capable of collaborating on the resolution of problems facing man today without 'belief system problems of
some kind crucially interfering' -'global warming', for example.
Short of 'bumbling into (e.g.) sustainable resource use', in other words, 'inevitable dirigiste heurism' reduces to 'morphing government/economy into operations research' -the only form of 'government', notably, that has 'state
monitoring' and feedback intrinsic.
-Clearly then, such precedent can be undertaken -and will most likely have to so be, only by such governments as are scientifically knowledgeable and operational enough to do so humanely.
[From a strictly engineering point of view, not the least of problems with democracy is its intrinsic time-lag regarding observation, interpretation and 'best-engineered response to developingly meaningful situations'.]
Given the intrinsically heuristic nature of human existence, what best way is there -at this time, for 'optimizing that nature'? -realistic, perhaps, for no more than two to three generations into 2040-50?
1 - There is no way for humans to have learned or to learn anything of 'unambiguous factuality' (statistical probity) except out of ignorance and successively more logical and less ambiguous
refinement -i.e. science and (evolving) the complete refutation of 'belief systems' of any kind therein.
2 - Mankind dispersed into an eventual constitution of discrete, ethnic nations, but all government continues (so far) to reflect natural and primary evolution out of (a) origins as 'pecking-order-based vertebrates' and (b) 'ignorantly belief-based authority as source of knowledge and guidance'(*1).
3 - Science continues to show that 'natural overpopulation and economic growth' is degrading ecological and environmental dynamics to varying degrees of irreversibility and 'a certainty of pejorative impact regrettable in hindsight by future
4 - How continuing degradations of the environment and general ecology affect continuing human existence depends upon how 'heuristic government and economic policy' becomes determined -inevitable in any case, by 'science regarding
the nature and course of the human organism'(*2).
[What we have here, in effect, is the framework of a more properly evolving but formally unframeable 'Constitution'.]
2 - It is argued that 'population continues to grow', so what is the propriety of 'population growing'?
3 - What is the propriety of 'the right to develop one's land'? -or to sell it to 'developers'? -of (mantra) 'The economy has to grow'?
4 - 'Properly accountable endeavor' aside, what is the propriety of 'wealth and power' to make its life as easy as possible? -slacking-off of a sort through the exertions of others'? -a major part of 'operational
-corporate in particular?
*2 - Science continues to discover how (above) rationales and procedures evolved out of 'ignorance and circumstance' affect ecology and the environment -and, therein, the continuing well-being and viability of man.
There is, however and furthermore, nothing to prevent science (deliberative capability) from continuing its natural supercession of those mechanisms with science-based, naturally heuristic mechanisms based solely upon 'optimizing that
well-being and viability of man as a life-form'.
(*4) dirigiste heurism: that form of government which incorporates 'the discovered phenomenology of the configuration space' (science and mathematics) and 'codifies that phenomenon
of discoverability' in such a way (government) as to provide for its own heuristic restructuring as a function of the implicit (genetic imperative) 'best well-being and viability of the organism-whole'.
(*8) existentialism, in this writer's view, is not so much 'a complex, philosophical ideation' as a reification of 'the circumstantial, merely cerebrative modus vivendi of
thus-far humankind', thus -reductively, it is the here-and-now-ness of what life routinely and briefly appears to be -here-and-now-ness of 'me and mine' existence and welfare and NOT some 'nature and course of human evolution and progression' -nothing
deep -'the human condition'.
(*7) [note: qualia, here (quale: singular), are first-order properties]
relational (noun): a second-or-higher-order property which qualifies in a generally comparative way the relationship of a primitive or primary property common to two (or more) 'elements' of the configuration space: (eg) left-right/up-down/front-back/ness or in/outside-ness of one thing with respect to another; difference/sameness, more/less-ness, absence (vs presence) of material/body physical properties: temperature, chemistry, pressure, momentum, color, force, speed, sound, taste, smell, texture, dry/wetness et cetera; and at 'higher levels of vertebrate development'; now- then- and next-ness of state, for example, and shape or geometric pattern, and repetition/rhythm and 'musicality'; temperament as in 'anger', 'attention' and even 'immeasurable degrees of (such as) honesty and fairness' et cetera -and changeability of relationals with time and space as a relational itself as in 'the arts' eventually and mathematics too.
The very existence of this observation, however and furthermore, also makes it possible to trace it to the uniquely human property of deliberative capability -which, therefore, reflexively and in turn, makes it possible to project
the advancement of knowledge to 'the inevitable vestigialization of that pecking order as generally corruptive to the best continuing existence of the life-form' -a function of time, circumstance, sustainability and genetic imperative.
(-or to put it another way-)
All intellectualizable human expression is a function of evolving knowledge. 'Pecking-order-based natural expression', therefore, has no course but to give way to successively 'more knowledgeable decisions' under successively evolving science.