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

Pecking Order, Competition and Institution -
Government and Economic Policy

(with a comment on the 'inherency' of consumerism)

All government and economic policy today has come into existence and evolved more or less inherently and circumstantially out of pecking-order. This 'warm-blooded animal property' is destined however, to have only vestigial influence in 'the ultimate course of human progression'; in time, consequently, the 'nature' and structure of government/economy will be significantly different from what it is today. (-from The Nature and Course of Human Evolution as The Basis of Economic Policy)
(*c) PECKING-ORDER is a primitive but complex property generally associated with the evolution of sexual reproduction and warm-blooded-vertebrates. At its most primitive however, pecking-order is an evolutionally progenitive mechanism manifest as 'registering (physically) the infliction of pain and assimilating its inflictability-as-function', thus what 'pecking-order' there is in cold-blooded vertebrates is more or less 'genetically mechanical' in nature and generally manifest in relative size, strength and 'intelligence'; pecking-order 'expression' on the other hand, is perhaps more properly identifiable following the primitive cleaving of eventually warm-blooded, comparatively 'cerebrative' vertebrates off cold(*1). Pecking-order then, reflects the first patterns of thought and mechanisms of operation 'cerebratively' influencing the evolution of an organism, a potentially operational organization of sorts as opposed to the 'mechanical' reproduction and evolution of relatively non-cerebrating cold-blooded vertebrates. It is this evolution of the warm-blooded organism that is of interest here, that of 'the increasingly cerebrative archeoanthropoid into prohominid' as opposed to that of otherwise 'cerebration-limited lesser animals -warm-bloodeds included'.

The 'peculiarity' of the prohominid was that his cerebration did not 'confine his evolution to the relative econiche stability of some lesser organism'; it was rather, 'a machine that goes by itself', one of continuing configuration-space assimilation into successively higher-order relationals(*2), a registering of 'order' in other words, that was not of 'relatively immediate assimilation and consequence' as in the habits and procreation of 'lesser' animals, but one, rather, of 'dynamic order and meaningful activity' -of pro-evolutionary, eventually 'deliberative' function and operation.

[Barring countervailing human influence, it is 'entirely possible' that some further evolution of 'deliberating' chimpanzees, for example, might precipitate 'something of another prohominid'. (The System of Human Experience)]
(*f) Primates have an understanding of 'relational properties' (the physical world about them) which they communicate by action and vocalizations of one kind or another, a primitive, proanthropoid property that took only the evolutionally 'happenstantial' migration of the larynx downward (among related mechanisms) to perhaps 'channel' the evolution of those 'already meaningful sounds' into gradually more informational, primitive speech.]

Pecking-order, in other words, identifies the single and only basis of 'the first cerebrated, organism-interactive order imposed' -of primitive government, in effect, which remains the basis of all government today -despite 'knowledge vestigializing it in the nature and course of human evolution' (below)- because human-kind has not been driven (so to speak) to observe its essential circumstantiality and thus-far found no reason to operate otherwise. It is only as mankind comes to actually understand that 'nature and course' that perhaps 'some other and better basis of human-being' will surface.

(*e - re: 'natural rights and freedoms')
'Natural rights and freedoms' and the tenets of religion, democracy and other noumenalisms, for example, constitute 'intuited knowledge of natural order', but it is, in fact, only a situation of very primitively hierarchic 'success' and (out of pecking-order and long evolution) great momentum; 'inevitably supercessional scientific method regarding the true nature of matter', consequently -regarding statistically qualifiable overpopulation, pollution and 'what life-style-and-quality the system can bear', for further example- has yet to influence the 'insofar-as-possible imposition' of that pecking-order-based 'ignorance as government' on whatever clan, tribal, citadel, national, international or other circumstantial population applicable -'economic policy' likewise included(*3).

(*d) [Lying not obscurely and most certainly not insignificantly on the side is the role (pecking-order, again) of the 'pop' or 'cultural' figure in government/economy. That the mass of variously supported and justified personal tastes and choices are almost entirely a product of circumstance rooted in power is a major economic factor in western civilization. It is from the United States of America -'outward and downward', that circumstance (historical) and diasporative exploition of 'untapped resource/environment riches' propel a hierarchy of 'willful aristocracy and its idolatry'. These 'figures' -sports and cinema primarily, but political, religious et cetera- are emulated precisely for a 'transferral' of whatever seeming power of 'style', 'chic', 'devil may care' and 'idle-mind time to indulge oneself' they express to 'lessers' -and it is implicit of 'American free-enterprise, capitalist democracy' then, entailing the use of science and technology, that, still pecking-order-based, such government/economy actively fosters the 'entrepreneurial success' that goes with that mentality -'the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services', that is, where neither 'merit' nor 'validity' is of concern(*4). -Nor, for that matter, is 'morality' an issue -'successful crack-dealer, computer hacker or computerized stocktrader'(*5), all are admired for the quite ostensible power (pecking-order) that sticks to them -and they are, one and all, major economic factors.]

As to the ontogeny of reconstituting 'government and economic policy' then:
1 - Deliberative capability is manifest in 'the continuing formulation of knowledge by discovery of configuration space constitution' -which, in relative primitivity therefore, is not necessarily correct(*2), but which, by entering a primitive base of 'econiche phenomenon accountability', inherently facilitates primitively individual, pecking-order-based reproduction and viability (natural selection etc) and organism-whole progression and evolution. -'Genetically driven, pecking-ordered sexual reproduction', in other words -the primitively first-deliberated organization, constitutes (knowledge) 'the primitively first institutionalized competition'(*6).

2 - There is however, 'a capability-and-rate of phenomenon registration and assimilation' which is relatively fixed by the de_facto physicality of genetics attaching any organism-specific level-of-evolution(*7), thus primitively evolving 'knowledge' eventually came to contain 'at least some conjured explanations of perceived configuration-space order' at least some of which, by virtue of required congregational service, became institutionalized into successively 'higher' and hierarchical organization -belief-in-spirits into religion, for example (-eventually), and 'successful willfulness' (modified) eventually into 'natural rights and freedoms'(*8). Primitive 'government' of interpersonal, congregational and evolvingly higher-order relationships in other words, was, intrinsically and fundamentally, genetically-based and pecking-ordered -'institutionalizedly competitive' in that respect, and only superficially deliberative (if at all) of knowledge in 'organism-whole viability and progression'.

3 - "It is intrinsic of vertebrate evolution that pecking-order is based on pain and that 'successful peckers' consequently enjoy something of 'an accordingly convenienced viability'. Given that, 'deliberative capability' and certain other mutations, hominid evolution is generally marked by 'peckers one-upping and superceding each other by successive assimilation of ecosystem constitution' -idlemind-time eventually, and 'life-style-and-quality'(*9) -the whole of such evolution, 'a machine that goes by itself' [-and -however-] 'The nature and constitution of human-being' is increasingly and ultimately a matter of 'the heuristic determination of life-style-and-quality under what the system can bear'" (Kernel Properties -); life-style-and-quality can be determined, consequently, only by (a) precedents of fundamentally individual, social, civilizational or other pecking-order-based 'competition' as of thus-far 'knowledgeable' such evolution -or by (b) higher-order consideration of that, the continuing evolution of which (consideration) is, in fact, intrinsic of deliberative capability as 'aristocratization' (next).

4 - The role of pecking-order in human evolution and progression then, depends only upon knowledge of that role -knowledge, in other words, under a 'human genetic imperative' which increasingly subordinates pecking-order to the aristocratization intrinsic of 'deliberative capability and investment of the configuration space'(*a), thus-

Consider the situation of two scientists resolving a problem -the two, equal in every physical and mental respect except for being at an impasse over 'the proper resolution' of some immediate problem -P, in this particular case, literally imposing his 'resolution' upon N. N reflects upon this however, and thereby observes P's 'pecking order' to have suddenly become 'part of the problem'; N, in other words, suddenly knows more about the overall situation than P, thus whether he goes along with P or not in this case, he has actually acquired more knowledge than N -to 'an eventual besting of Ns and their pecking orders'.
[The 'peer review' so critical to mathematics and the physical sciences and (ii) 'scientists discovered faking data' constitute two aspects of this -or, more rhetorically, 'What provisions for survival will H cogitans have made to supercede H sapiens as configuration-space carrying capacity inevitably shrinks about them?'.]

-Pecking-order 'may' work to advantage in some one or other particular situation, in other words, but the evolutionary mechanics are such that 'better understanding of the situation' (organism-whole viability and progression 'aristocratizing') is intrinsically more likely to lead to 'better resolution' (i.e. investment of the configuration space) -the influence of pecking-order, in effect, 'vestigializing in the course of human progression'. Another way of looking at this is to observe that because we cannot know how 'what we have yet to discover' will affect our being, we cannot know what form of government that intrinsically heuristic 'discovery and interactions' should take -except heuristically.

[The evolution of clan-head/priesthood -the first people to have 'explanations' for phenomena for which lessers did not (eg fire, death et cetera -at least 8,000 b.c. forward), precipitated the 'need' for that distinction -'appurtenance' that in excess of 'base-domain requirements' (eg face-paint in excess of common clothing) identified that 'knowledge' in an incipiently consumerist way, that is to say that that position-and-knowledge was not merely 'survival-of-the-fittest (pecking-order) expressing hegemony' in that 'pehaps primitively burgeoning government/economy', but added, de_facto, a new variable to it by the injection (purely circumstantial!) of primitive 'value'. -It takes no more than a parlay of this for a society of 'primitive H sapiens' successfully investing their configuration space' to progress thru simple emulation into the huckstered demands of today's still diasporating 'civilized world', into dialectics of 'value' and incentive(*b) in which one effectively 'chooses his individuality and knowledge-by-association' thru government/economics purveying to it.]

In 'economic' view of this situation then, the whole of 'the human phenomenon and things human' today is manifest thru expression of 'hominid-being (primitive) superiority' among ourselves and over all other organisms -'natural rights and freedoms' and life-style-and-quality, our ethnic, religious, cultural and political institutionalizations and mechanisms of material realization more or less autonomous in that respect, everywhere. There is, therefore, no 'appurtenance of this new organism on the block' -of either primitive or 'civilized' investment, that was not incipiently constituted as some element of pecking-ordered, teeming invasion of the resource/environment on the backs of other organisms and 'lessers than ourselves' -fellow humans included. Understanding this is the basis of an eventually miscegenating mankind of increasingly anoumenal, relatively monocultural ethos', of non-autonomous aristocratization and an inevitable re-evolution of 'appurtenances' and their 'government/economies'. (-from Evolution, Autonomy and Aristocratization)

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*1 - The evolution of pecking-order and the eventually profound physiological and cerebrative differences between 'cold-blooded' and warm-blooded animals are discussed in the opening section of The System of Human Experience . The evolution and function of pain, in turn, is discussed under corresponding heading in Kernel Properties of The Hominid Organism .
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition has the following definition.
pecking-order n (1928) 1: the basic pattern of social organization within a flock of poultry in which each bird pecks another lower in the scale without fear of retaliation and submits to pecking by one of higher rank; broadly: a dominance hierarchy in a group of social animals 2: a social hierarchy
*2 - 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 of one thing with respect to another: difference/sameness, more/less-ness, absence (vs presence) of material/body, force, color, speed, sound, taste, smell, texture, dry/wetness and, at 'higher levels of vertebrate development', temperament in 'anger', 'attention' etc. (-from The System of Human Experience)
*3 - Mankind's major institutionalizations -modern government and economic policy, are primitively and wholly one and the same in that government is very much 'in the business' (single and only) of seeing to the viability and progression of its people thru economic policy ministering 'the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in that well-being, viability and progression'.
*4 - It would be interesting to know exactly what 'national product' (of dubious merit if not 'constitutional pollution') may be attributable to John Wayne's 'walking tall', Frank Sinatra's 'rat-pack-cool camaraderie', Barbie Doll or Walt Disney's 'entertainment' -Afro-American 'idiom' more recently.
*5 - The matter of 'product and service validity' is a major part of Unemployment and Economic Policy.
*6 - People identify the pecking-order of lesser vertebrates as established by 'competition' -which is not correct. Competition is, rather, strictly 'sapiens' in concept, and only 'judiciously identifiable' with other anthropoids at most. This is an extremely important distinction in that humans 'compete' only for comparative or effective hegemony (a reification) in what is still only pecking-order artifact -'higher' office, public 'regard', 'bigger rep' and 'conspicuous consumption'. Scientists, mathematicians and other 'specialists in phenomenology' on the other hand, do NOT, strictly speaking, 'compete'; their 'competition' is, rather, 'properly deliberative investment of the configuration space' (more of which below). -Pecking-order, furthermore, is 'phenomenology', and competition, 'hermeneutica'. This 'dimensional difference' is discussed in Organizational Aspects of The Human Phenomenon and Things Human.
-and regarding institutionalization-
institutionalize 1: to give the character of an institution to : make into or treat like an institution; esp: to incorporate into a system of organized and often HIGHLY FORMALIZED BELIEF, PRACTICE OR ACCEPTANCE. [capitalization, the writer's] -Webster's Third New International
*7 - The rate at which mankind is 'best able to invest his configuration space' is limited by the purely physical/physical-law processes underlying his genetics and their operational consequents. (-from The Unemployability Conjecture - Economics Note 3)
*8- It is the 'statistically reliable usefulness of explanation attaching a perceived phenomenon' (eg conjuring 'spirit' in fire, and 'soul' to inhabit live bodies but not dead) that promotes progression -'knowledge, however erroneous in fine'- and it is progression in turn that operates to increase the integrity of 'knowledge'... The 'statistically reliable' observation that 'Everything (perceived) has a container (of it)' -a fact of this as-observed-space, does not imply/need-of or constitute phenomenology of 'a container for an unobservable universe -a Creator of the space and its order'. (-from The System of Human Experience)
-thus 'government' -as opposed to 'pecking-order via mere knowledge facilitating reproduction and viability', is a function of high-order relationals and the eventual evolution of reification out of deliberative capability. It was only as mankind began to ponder questions for which he had to conjure 'the existence of spirits', for example, that primitive 'government' came into existence.
*9 - regarding life-style-and-quality-
Human-being, life-style-and-quality and 'the heuristic determination of their nature and constitution' are ... a matter of upon 'what knowledge' aristocratization [next, below] is to determine its fit into this 'black-box-of-an-earth ecosystem'. This depends first upon the physical nature and constitution of the human organism (black-box limitations and requirements, population size et cetera) and consequently upon our 'sophistication for deliberating life-style-and-quality out of that physical nature and constitution': the 'better' we understand the implications of a human organism in earth-system dynamics, 'the better we are able to deliberate life-style-and-quality under what the system can bear'. (-from
Kernel Properties of The Hominid Organism)
*a - regarding 'human genetic imperative' (first) and aristocratization -
Man's problems, be he alone in this world or member of some society, are those entailed an organism-whole 'genetic imperative' which commits him, 'procreated and alive', to himself then 'procreate, invest his configuration space and die' -that anthropology indirectly identifying a 'nature and course of human evolution'. The problems of society and civilization, consequently -and however primitive, are those attaching the validity of operational mechanisms in expression of that imperative. (-from
The Nature and Course of Human Evolution as The Basis of Economic Policy)
-and aristocratization:
The supercessions of mankind -one genus or strain of hominids by another, false starts and dead branches included, is characterizable as an 'aristocratization' in that each such hominid is 'increasing-potentially capable of manifesting a more phenomenologically knowledgeable viability and idlemind-occupation' ... -a more sophisticated life-style-and-quality... (-from Kernel Properties of The Hominid Organism)
the evolutionary process by which ... mankind's speciation and continuing progression has generally been manifest as successively higher-orders of deliberative capability -essentially of 'increasing phenomenology and decreasing noumenalism'. (-from Arms Reduction and Global Reconstruction)
*b - incentive, it should be noted, reflects our reification and 'philosophication' of pecking-order -what was primarily physical in primitivity become now (in various political and work-ethic 'isms') the mantra propelling 'natural drive for life-style-and-quality' -material ownership and power.