My Xmas morning thoughts for 2017
Very good David.
Agree with most of what you wrote.
The only variation of perspective I would add, is that every level of unit requires a boundary, and any level of boundary that has a degree of consistency over time can give definition to a unit.
Evolution works on every level simultaneously.
Impact at each level is context sensitive.
We all belong to multiple levels of groups simultaneously.
The nature of the boundaries is important.
The nature of the environment is important – and the impact of infrequent but very influential events ought not to be underestimated.
It seems that being an embodied human being involves about twenty levels of complex adaptive systems, each with its own set of boundary conditions (every system within every level).
It seems that markets have historically helped facilitate many different sorts of boundaries, in many different sorts of groups, at many different levels.
It seems that we can now use other tools (digital communication and storage) to maintain and build those boundaries (and the systems they support), ones that do not have the scarcity bias of markets, and can actually sustain universal abundance of sets of goods and services.
New levels of cooperation allow for new levels of complexity and levels of benefit.
And all cooperation requires attendant strategies to prevent invasion by cheating strategies (and that is a hugely complex topic, as per Ostrom and Axelrod et al).
It is an exponentially expanding set of levels and systems within each level.
It is beyond any sort of absolute predictability, and there are deep lessons available from a deep study of evolution.
Being human is being a member of many different sorts and levels of entity at the same time.
The more conscious we are of that fact, the more secure we all become.
Fully automated systems allow us to provide for all, without requiring anyone to be a slave at any level; and it does allow for us all to be of service at whatever levels we responsibly choose, to play whatever cooperative games we responsibly choose.
The game board is fundamentally altering.
Universal cooperation is becoming the most stable and beneficial game possible – and it doesn’t need to be any sort of perfection (cannot be – in an eternal exploration of infinities), it only needs to be good enough (a useful enough approximation) to survive.