Like I have said, things are worse than people would believe.
Don’t fret it Cleve, this would never have happened if you hadn’t done things right. Take solace in the fact that the baton you carried so well for so long will never be dropped.
It does make me think things are coming to a head in one form or another.
I’ve been wondering what to think about this for a few days, and it finally hit me while I was out walking.
Though individual humans exist on a spectrum from more R-leaning phenotypes to more K-leaning phenotypes, humanity is still an R-selected species in the macro. The Malthusian boom and bust population dynamics we see in the Pyrrhic cycle is ultimately a quality of an R-selected species, regardless of the individual variation within it. A purely K-selected species would have approached the carrying capacity of its environment, and then achieved a steady state.
But even cro magnon man, for all the intelligence he inherited from his matriline in neanderthals, is not capable of such a simple holding pattern because he enjoys intratribal conflict too damn much to pass nice things on to his children—you’d think white women would rather give her body and beauty to the top sociopath from a mud hut village than a nerd from Rome. She is her father’s daughter that way.
This explains why the right and the left of our political spectrum agree that the time has come to cull the population; the only disagreement is whether people on the right or left are the prey population who ought to be culled back to manageable proportions. This may be why white people, as a species, are hard-coded to follow a schedule of ritualized mass slaughters like Friday night football games at the local high school.
And it just occurred to me that, according to my definition, homo sapiens and his schizophrenic scions will always follow leaders who exemplify his most cherished core values. (At this point, you ENTPs may be sensing how this will come back around to Tex and the closure of Vault-Co.)
Now, everybody who can notice knows there are two types of people: nerds and socialites.
… Using the implied definition in “Field Guide [to the Nerd]”, here’s a cluster of psychological traits that in my mind make up the nerd pattern:
an interest in things and ideas over people
a concern for correctness over social harmony
a preference for routine and predictability
obliviousness to and/or disregard for social norms and expectations
sensitivity to inconsistency, vagueness and ambiguity
difficulty appreciating the social implications of their actions
subdued emotional expression
a view of conversation as information sharing
a tendency to take statements literally and assume honesty
preference for codified knowledge and rationality over instinct, experience and intuition
strong appreciation for trivia, games and building things
lack of appreciation for appearance, food and exercise
We get the hypothetical anti-nerd personality by reversing this:
an interest in people over things and ideas
a concern for social harmony over correctness
a preference for spontaneity and novelty
sensitivity to social norms and expectations
obliviousness to inconsistency, vagueness and ambiguity
difficulty appreciating the logical implications of their ideas
strong emotional expression
a view of conversation as relationship building and -negotiation
a tendency to take statements as indications of implicit intentions
preference for instinct, experience and intuition over codified knowledge and rationality
strong appreciation for appearance, food and exercise
lack of appreciation for trivia, games and building things
This isn’t just a random bag of traits. Many of them naturally go together and to my eyes these are two coherent clusters. I have no problem matching the anti-nerd pattern to the real world: it describes most people working in media and the arts and to a lesser degree those in social services, education, sales, marketing, PR and politics.
The Nerd as the Norm
If you look at these cold reading profiles just so and squint, you might see a phenotype that never built anything, and a phenotype that never did anything else. Nerds are specialized to add economic value to a social network but tend to exist near the outer edges of it with the other untouchables because they have low connectivity. Socialites are specialized to acquire high connectivity within a network with a high Metcalfe valuation, thus mimicking the movements of the perceived center like a school of fish.
This would certainly explain the cognitive empathy arms race among homo sapiens that produced the savant-like obsession with anticipating others’ expectations. If we presume that R-selected phenotypes such as pure homo sapiens are specialized for connectivity rather than productivity (as indicated by the tendency of males to wander around all day talking to each other), and we apply the first law of Edenic political science, then it follows that homo sapiens (and other socialites) will always desire and advocate for the economic dispossession of low-connectivity nodes.
It also follows that those whose reproductive strategies follow the socialite phenotype will tend to follow the best socialites, who are most adapted to dominating the centrally connected nodes (which is what I was hinting at above). Any phenotype that requires mass culls as a method of cleansing its genepool which is not also specialized for socializing over productivity is doomed to be enslaved to the specialized cosmopolitan phenotype, because these culls are an R-selected behavior (as shown in the first two graphs).
And so my message to Tex would agree and amplify Anonymous Conservative’s: that a specialized cosmopolitan phenotype feels an unthinking, burning desire to cull you is a great compliment, because it’s an unspoken admission that you unfit to be a slave.
I’ve added a sidebar link to an archived boildown of Vault-Co’s great contributions to humanity (H/T Rather Not at Anonymous Conservative). Maybe some of you will have the agency to download it this time. Is that too subtle? Apparently Tex was being too subtle when he said “Hey guys, maybe now would be a good time to download Vault-Co with this tool I’m linking to…” How about this…I’m telling you right now: DOWNLOAD THIS.
In unrelated news, I need someone to show me how to seed a torrent because I’m old now and I hate learning new things.