The homeless problem

Can’t I use the scientific method to investigate a homeless problem? If yes, then how?

[ 7/Mar/21 ]

How deep do you want to go?

If you study deeply the mathematics and logic of evolution in open and fundamentally uncertain systems; then you will find that all levels of complexity are based upon new levels of cooperation, both for their emergence and their long term survival.

The issue is that such a message is contrary to the simplistic economic and political dogma that tends to dominate discourse on such matters.

If we can actually start to get people generally to see that if they value life and liberty, then they need to act responsibly and cooperative to sustain both; and that any real expression of liberty has necessary sets of boundaries (responsibilities) if it is to survive, and also demands respect for the diversity that must be the necessary product of liberty in action.

In an age where we can automate any process we choose, then there is no real reason (outside of economic and political dogma) for any person anywhere to be short of any of the necessities of life – including housing, food, education, healthcare, transport, communication.

How to spread such an awareness?

By putting in the time to gain it yourself, then to have conversations with people that are able to convince them that you have some reasonable competency in the subject, and they can reasonably trust the simple message you are giving them; that our survival as a species is predicated on cooperation and responsibility and freedom and diversity – at all levels.

And we need to be clear that naïve cooperation is always vulnerable, and all levels of cooperation actually require attendant sets of systems to detect and remove cheating strategies. And when dealing with higher levels of agency, it is the cheating strategy that needs to be removed, while maintaining the health of the agent that had been exhibiting it – and that can be a complex suite of issues – at multiple levels.

The tricky part of that message is that it demands fundamental reform of our existing and very complex economic, political and legal systems.

So it is going to involve some “interesting” conversations.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see
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