So I finally gave this topic some thought, and decided on some rules of thumb for how I want to do wiki stuff. Essentially, it’s going to be written for the brighter folks (150 IQs and up) because a lot of the inner workings of the theory aren’t accessible and don’t need to be. To understand any given assertion of the model in a timely manner you need either comprehensive familiarity with the various topics or extraordinary powers of abstract intuition, and that doesn’t appear until the 150 mark. The purpose of the wiki for lesser mortals will be merely to serve as concrete point-of-reference material.
The emphasis will be on the whole “edenism” business as a set of interconnected models, each made up of what I’m going to call “assertions”. There is going to be presentation of evidence and some rational A to B stuff involved, but I’m going to ignore any dependencies and Markov chain-type stuff and simply treat every derived “theorem” (so to speak) as a separate assertion. Each assertion will be attributed to its original author if possible.
In the early stages the focus will be on concise, pithy proofs that will appeal to people who are used to working out the details for themselves, or who have the domain knowledge to know a correct assertion when they see it. Here’s a mathematical example of such a proof, from Paul Zeitz’s excellent book.
Consider a network of finitely many balls, some of which are joined to one another by wires. We shall color the balls black and white, and call a network “integrated” if each white ball has at least as many black as white neighbors, and vice versa.
Given any network, is there a coloration that integrates it?
The Art and Craft of Problem Solving (p. 21)
The answer is yes. Proof: call a wire “balanced” if it connects two differently colored balls, then maximize the balanced wires.
That’s it! Very concise and easy to remember, but difficult to understand in the first place. This sort of proof will be my starting point for the project, and then details can be filled in later to satisfy the anklebiters and midwits.
In a far less precise domain like anthropology or psychology we rely on the same sort of intuition to an even greater extent and less on pure deduction, and we depend far more on the intellectual honesty and humility of the interlocutor. This is an acceptable starting place because muggles were never going to believe anything “weird” to begin with, unless it were from the mouth of an authority figure. Therefore, we address ourselves to the young intellectuals who have yet been lulled to sleep by tenure, comfort, and status.
A topical example:
Texas Arcane has asserted that Cro Magnon’s appearance in Europe caused an immediate, violent genocide of Neanderthals. Proof: the spread of Cro Magnon in Europe characterizes an invasive species.
Because of the phenomenon of genius, I should be able to produce many of these at the appropriate level of abstraction, despite my inability to regularly understand such high-level proofs. For instance, I don’t understand the proof above about colored balls- I’m just quoting it. It would probably take me all day to convince myself that it works. But I regularly experience intuitions having the necessary qualities, and I trust that this will continue at a high rate for a few years at least.
As I said, later on we can do some filling in, but the concise proofs will remain as prominently featured guideposts and mnemonic tools. My purpose, at the present time, is to cover as much ground as possible in as little time as possible. This sort of organization solves the largest number of problems simultaneously as it is possible to do at present, i.e. reference material, vocabulary, apologetics, and comprehensive, condensed coverage.
Now that’s all very nice, but we need to talk about people too. Any time you make something good, people show up to wreck it, and the better it is the more people show up and the harder they will work to destroy it. That said, it would be foolish of me not to take contributions at all. So that’s tomorrow’s post.
Reminder to self: address the possible continuation of the rising trend in simple falsification from authoritative sources. For instance, we may argue “autism is a developmental disorder that preferentially targets populations with high neanderthal admixture”, but healthcare authorities are working very hard to conceal this to the point that they falsify basic forms of evidence.