[ 3/4/20 on Torch’s facebook page – in response to some diet nonsense about fighting viruses]
Hi Dennis – I am very close to 10 years from having gotten a “terminal cancer” prognosis from my oncologist, and having gone raw organic vegan and high dose vit C to beat it. Still vegan, still high dose vit C, but no longer entirely organic or entirely raw.
And yeah, as a biochemist and evolutionary biologist by training, and a systems geek who has owned and run a software business for 34 years I am very conscious of the many ways in which the very concepts of markets and money pose existential level risks in the way they give overly simplistic outcomes to very complex problems.
Trump’s initial response – of putting money (market value) above human life, is typical of the problems we face.
Unfortunately the more stress you put people under, the less they are able to consider real complexity – everything gets subconsciously simplified by the influence of the stress hormones, and essentially gets simplified down to some version of good/bad or right/wrong, or friend/foe – when most things are actually vastly more complex and subtle and nuanced than that.
The amount of disinformation present on the internet does not help.
Sensemaking in complex and novel situations is difficult enough without that. Unfortunately, most of what most people accept as “Truth” is demonstrably false – including most of economics and finance; and just about all of marketing.
Perhaps the biggest lie is that evolution is all about competition, when in reality, when you get to the sorts of levels of complexity embodied in us, it is far more about cooperation than competition. But the idea of cooperation doesn’t sit well with the idea of capital accumulation – hence the vast infrastructure of systemic falsehoods we exist within.
The silliness that started this thread is a very minor example.