According to a recent survey, 63 percent of Americans believe that human memory “works like a video camera, accurately recording the events we see and hear so that we can review and inspect them later.
WTF? Seriously, what’s the point of including that useless statistic in an otherwise decent article?
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the turds of the universe, to take the hard work needed to develop fundamental concepts, and to needlessly abstract them into new realms for no functional gain, save the satisfaction of composing a grandiose worldview.
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Empires have risen and fell in the natural cadence of history, and chief before the rest is the claim that somehow they had rested on their laurels and given up on innovation.
We don’t claim to be immune to failure, but we refuse to fall prey to this most miserable demise.
In biology, you have the concept of neoteny. Creatures who have evolved to stay, more or less in their infantile state, unable to mature into the grown adult form. In its stead, the infantile creature develops an entire contracted lifecycle, creating a new kind of adulthood out of eternal childhood.
It’s argued that we, humans are somewhat neotenic creatures, relative to our ape brethren, we share much more in common with a fetal ape than one who has grown, in all stages of our life. But we have a mature state, an adolescence and a puberty which marks the transition from young to old, but not from human to ape, from child to man. They’re adaptations to survive while remaining forever young.
And so Protobowl is an experiment with something analogous to that. It’s a project stuck as an overdeveloped infantile state, a permanent prototype.
This is another post that I wrote 5 years ago and never ended up publishing.
You have the responsibility to pay taxes and to not infringe on another’s ability to pay their taxes, and from that, derives your rights to life, liberty, and property.
I’m still not sure exactly if this is a work of satire, or a legitimately interesting thought experiment on the structure and workings of governments. The concept is easy to laugh off, why on Earth would we seek to live in a world which flagrantly derives all that is sacred on such a flawed and human institution as taxes?
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
But sometimes the most insightful ideas are the ones which are drawn in jest. If Benjamin Franklin could joke about the inevitability of both institutions, maybe the latter can too be transcendental.
The idea of a taxocracy didn’t just spontaneously emerge, it’s kind of the absurd culmination of several fairly reasonable ideas. The first of which, is what I call the libertarian fallacy.
I wrote this draft 5 years ago and never ended up finishing it so I might as well dump it here now.
By Julian Nakamoto