Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Theory

In my last post, I eluded to a nihilistic theory of social affairs that involves a myriad of complex relationships that were culminated and analyzed over thirteen years.  I also stated that there is no easy way to summarize this theory while keeping it memetically appealing.  Therefore, I will simply state it outright and then break it all down over the course of the next twenty or so blog entries.

The Post-Emotion Solution

Human beings are programmable vectors of labor.  With very little effort, one human can convince many humans to perform labor.  This labor provides access to resources.  The means of acquiring these resources and the rate in which they are acquired can be optimized by modifying human behavior through force, coercion, distraction, incentive, or negotiation.  Throughout the centuries, crude techniques to modify human behavior have been applied to tap into our labor potential.  As the resources the labor yields increases in quality and quantity, the ability to modify the behavior of a greater number of humans increases.  Additionally, the precision of a modification request and the rapidity of executing that modification also increases. (more details here)

A wide variety of tools have been deployed to modify the behaviors of massive numbers of people.  Sticks, stones, chains, whips, clubs, swords, and other primitive weapons were some of the earliest.  However, in between bursts of social violence were periods of stability.  This stability allowed labor potential to acquire additional resources other than the standard fare to maintain the current structure of behavior modification.  Eventually, labor potential translated to future value with the advent of surplus resources.  The desire to represent this surplus value lead to the creation of currency.  This put down the foundation of a super structure that fluctuates in accordance to labor potential.  Today, we call that super structure "the market". (more details here)

No longer did you have to directly exert time and energy over your labor pool to modify their behavior.  By simply adjusting the time property of currency and then, later, the perception of the time property over the perception of currency, labor vectors would respond accordingly.  (Albeit, at first, unpredictably)  For example, if you failed to mint enough coin to represent the trading capacity of your society, the labor potential of your society greatly suffers since they have a drastically reduced ability to store future value/surplus resources, thus, destroying the ability to optimize resource output via incentive.  The only way around this is to ensure that surplus resources never exist in the first place by enforcing mass consumption.  At best, this solution only buys times (which usually lasts a standard human generation) until a massive market correction.  This, inevitably, leads to war, in which the scales are rebalanced and another nation-state emerges to try their luck at the shell game.  We are collectively stuck in this holding pattern because it is, to date, the most efficient means to leverage influence over modifying massive human behavior.  Nothing even comes close.  However, that paradigm is changing due to technological mastery. (more details here)

With the advent of nuclear weapons, massive market corrections now carried an even greater risk.  If a major player of this game now goes under, his nuclear arsenal becomes hot property at best, a primary export at worst.  Just as brute forces as a means of modifying labor vector performance could no longer compete, manipulating the financial shell game as a means of optimizing your labor vectors has peaked and is waning due to the nuclear risk.  A new technique will have to be implemented.  This technique is what I call the Post-Emotion Solution. (more details here)

Those who command their labor vectors will always strive for greater efficiency in their maintenance and in their performance.  The ideal outcome is modifying the labor vector's behavior on command while completely eliminating risks to systemic stability.  The problem, then, is the very nature of the labor vectors themselves.  Limitations in the labor vectors neurology, most specifically, the mechanisms surrounding unsynchronized emotional narratives, stand in the way of future efficiency.  The emotional narrative of the labor vector is the biggest source of inefficiency for the execution of resource extraction.  Therefore, the elimination of emotion, and then later the synthesis of new emotions, through advanced genetic engineering, is essential for future efficiency and will completely negate the nuclear risk associated with the previous control paradigm.  It is difficult to clamor for war due to economic collapse if you simply do not have the neurological facilities for rage, anger, and aggression. (more details here)

This is my theory.  This is the Post-Emotion Solution.


  1. DUDE. You have *got* to read Elizabeth Bear's Jacob's Ladder trilogy and especially the final volume. She writes about *exactly* this thing.

  2. I believe the difference between us, then, is I know how to execute this theory scientifically and politically within our lifetime.

  3. Possibly of interest:

  4. A very interesting conclusion that certainly highlights limitations that will most likely be corrected with genetic engineering.