[ 29/3/20 ]
We need to get past the overly simplistic understanding of evolution, as being all about competition.
We need to understand that every new level of complexity in evolved systems is based upon a new level of cooperation.
Human beings are the most complex thing we know of.
Thus to a good first order approximation, evolution for humanity is all about cooperation.
Our future, our survival, resides in us understanding this complexity.
We are extremely complex, many levels of cooperative and competitive systems; and it is the cooperative that are absolutely essential to our survival (the competitive are optional).
Next most important is a choice of values.
As I have written elsewhere many times, for many years:
I am really clear about that set of values:
1/ Individual sapient life (human and non-human, biological and non-biological);
2/ the freedom of all such individuals to act responsibly (ie to do whatever they choose that does not pose undue risk to the life or liberty of any other).
We are really complex biological entities, and those two values above immediately lead to really complex outcomes; and some things become very clear very quickly – one of which is that a reliance on market based values as a reasonable proxy for value more generally is no longer viable – automation has fundamentally changed that “landscape”. Fundamental change is required.
Universal cooperation is the only game in town with any significant survival probability.