The Pyrrhic cycle

The text in green refers to elements from the monomyth of Osiris and Set.

pyrrhic_cycle

You can find a lot of correspondences within this framework. Enjoy!

Examples:

Law = feminine virtue, social (in-group) competitiveness, verbal IQ (cortical thickness)
Faith = masculine virtue, martial (out-group) competitiveness, performance IQ (brain volume)

Ref:

The Fate of Empires, John Glubb
Fingerprints of the Gods, Graham Hancock
The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics, Anonymous Conservative

The weird orientation of the axes was so I could force-fit the data points on this graph onto it:

honestly

Rather than taking this as a strict dynamic system, imagine all of these data points are making little counterclockwise circles and drifting lazily about. It’s more of a statistical statement saying that nations tend to make these little circles around their set points as these set points drift along the r/k axes in absolute terms.

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12 Responses to The Pyrrhic cycle

  1. Koanic says:

    A deep model

    and a mild abuse of r/K

  2. Santoculto says:

    Based on natural decadence maybe right but we have a unnatural external agent orchestrating it. Maybe every civilization have their co-evolutive antagonists and when this civilization will becoming more pacific they become actively destructive. The great paradigm of human evolution is…

    No doubt the social evolution is started by “decadence”, when the full stupidity (religion or magical thinking) and ignorance ( absolute fairness instead religious morality) are gone. But when comfort is massively conquered the culture–intelligence co-evolution finish and people become less smart to follow the increase of moral neo demands, more sensitive and subtle while people are usually insensitive and tendentious.

    When the common man is enlightened he tend to become more self-centric (not exactly selfish) because the existential realism that religions usually hide. And higher self centrism tend to correlates with lower fertility and higher self awareness. People become more exigent, more realistic short term and inevitably hedonistic.

    This is kind of philosophical hallucination instead a genuine enlightenment because people will becoming in the same time more abstract in their mental operationality or less compromise with other people attitudes as well more practical/short term for themselves well because without the promise of heaven just exist this life. One of the reason atheists and agnostics tend to have lower fertility rates.

    Or not, just rubbish things.

    Westerners and easterners as well, progressively the entire world, are not adapting to the K strategy because instead they still have kids enough to replace themselves they simply are not have kids. It’s not k selection but voluntary des–selection because the reality become too big to care about other beings if not itself.

    The great challenge is: Found a substitute purpose to constitute family without the big fake gods reducing significantly our worries in: Have a job, have kids, go to church in the Sundays.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >Based on natural decadence maybe right but we have a unnatural external agent orchestrating it.

      This is where the serpent comes in.

      >Or not, just rubbish things.

      Insofar as it matters, I agree with your interpretation of this as false enlightenment.

      >The great challenge is: Found a substitute purpose to constitute family without the big fake gods reducing significantly our worries in: Have a job, have kids, go to church in the Sundays.

      This was Goethe’s idea. I’ll be writing a post about that next.

  3. Aeoli Pera says:

    Okay. Agree all, except I’m doubtful that pure thals are lawful. We seem too disordered for real lawfulness.

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