[ 6/1/21 ]
Facebook – Foundations of Logic: Walter asked:
“Who should be entrusted with the question of an apocalypse (extinction of mankind):
We should all do the work ourselves, to the best of our limited and fallible abilities, as it is too important to “trust” completely to anyone else.
And all social systems require aspects of trust. No money system is possible without trust. For money to work, people have to trust that the symbols they have (money) will retain some exchange value at some point in the future.
So we all necessarily have multiple levels of trust systems, whether we are conscious of them or not.
As to trust in the groups listed; in so far as “science” embodies fully the traditions from which it has grown as a love of wisdom tested through practical experience, then science (in as far as it embodies the best of philosophy and individual freedom and creativity and responsibility) has my vote.
As to the current institutions of science, most have been fatally corrupted by multiple levels of economic and social incentives.
That puts the onus back on each and every one of us to build our own sense-making systems and our own sets of distributed trust networks, so that we can have reasonable probabilities of detecting and mitigating the many levels of invasive strategies present that are working against our long term interests. And in doing that we will each need to use the best of the tools found by those who have gone before us, and to learn how and when and where such things are best used.