Edison and Tesla as archetypal comparison and contrast between superbureaucrat and genius

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this at the time of writing the original article on superbureaucrats and geniuses, but at least iSteve put me on to it now.

More important than the things he invented though was the technique he developed for it. After a fashion (James Burke did), you could say that Edison invented inventing. He came up with the modern R&D cycle, which consists of (as Burke put it): Identify a market, get backing before you start, publicize it ahead of time so the public is willing to pay for it, and plough back the profits into making more inventions. He also developed the world’s first real R&D team—his numerous and largely unsung assistants, working hard on inventions for which Edison would get all the credit (eventually, he had the sense to start crediting things to his corporation, about which see below); before this, invention was usually one guy or a few, and it wasn’t their only job.

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/ThomasEdison

Edison was a superbureaucrat:

A superbureaucrat isn’t so much a great scientist and he is a great manager of scientists. A good modern example is David Reich. He may not be personally brilliant, but he gets the Nobel for the DNA industrial complex he organizes. A good historical example is J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Superbureaucrats are often mistaken for geniuses (and just as often mistake themselves for geniuses) because this designation denotes brilliance and high status, both of which superbureaucrats possess in spades and crave more of. However, they are very different to the trained eye.

https://aeolipera.wordpress.com/2020/06/16/superbureaucrats-vs-geniuses/

Since the phenomenon of genius is well studied at this point, I’ll only be illustrating the superbureaucrat type.

The easiest way to discern a superbureaucrat from a genius is to ask them their opinions on intellectual property. Geniuses are notoriously antimaterialistic…Superbureaucrats, on the other hand, take the view of creation as an act of synthesis, of conscientiously compiling and mixing a great deal of information together in a big pot….They consider this compiling and mixing to be “cognitive work”, the act of iteratively micro-innovating a macroinnovation, rather than a personal mission to which all other happiness must be sacrificed.

An alchemist’s understanding of creativity is additive and encyclopedic, mistaking 1-to-N recombinations and subversions of stock ideas for “disruption”.

Where a superbureaucrat would compile an entire encyclopedia on London full of nuance and historical context, a genius is more likely to describe it as “a vast cesspool of ugly people and hideous architecture circumscribing an excellent library and two passable researchers” and leave it at that.

As an aside, WordPress has finally succeeded in their long quest to make the basic editor unusable (and you have to pay to switch back to the old one), which means the blog will have to move sooner rather than later. Thanks for the kick guys, I can get pretty lazy when it comes to purely technical projects.

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6 Responses to Edison and Tesla as archetypal comparison and contrast between superbureaucrat and genius

  1. bicebicebice says:

    every rainman be needing a good agent lest shit never be reaching dem markets all your progress is shared human property at a declining price (smartphone going from 10grand to 100 dollaridoos)… however…. “In a perfect world I’ll be growing my own cabbage so I can have cabbage and potato soup too. Maybe mix those into a french onion soup too…”

    treestumps are going reverse meaning you need a lot of money to be poor these days just to own a plot of land to plopp down your ‘taters…

    whose the fuckoo now?!?

    this post ALMOST sounded like ye olde evil landlord vs the virtuous renter but you kept it even, a good post was made this day.

    Your party standing and SCC has increased.

    // your good mentor and benevolent benefactor uncle Xi

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      All you need to afford the hermetic Amish lifestyle is the protection of a massive military industrial complex. Which Winnie the Pooh knows as well as I do.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Basically what I mean is you’re a parasite. You’re a consumer buying the Milliennial treestump experience from the vestiges of the civilization you hate, hoping the Chinese will move in and be benevolent because…they’re rational overlords who, despite their extreme ethnocentrism, will recognize the value of a people not their own? Has that ever happened in any human society in history?

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      How you can be a reader of Texas Arcane, and not understand the need for society to organize a national defense, is beyond my understanding. I’m well and truly stumped by this, and I don’t often give up on questions of this sort.

      • bicebicebice says:

        you almost had me dead to rights as a communist traitor to 1950s western whiteopia before you mention “smexas maracane”, the man who willingly moved into sino-occupied australia to live a life as a e-towncryer about transexual dwarfs in world of warcraft on a boomer jobseeking platform but to his defense he never said anything about muh guns or civil war larp to restore the republic and save it.

        “Basically what I mean is you’re a parasite. You’re a consumer buying the Milliennial treestump experience” we don’t even use electricity around here (unlike some that buys everything from CHYNA),

        “hoping the Chinese will move in and be benevolent because…they’re rational overlords who, despite their extreme ethnocentrism, will recognize the value of a people not their own?” whats the difference between hongcouver and jew york?at least Stockholm isn’t run by danes or russians so I can’t tell…
        “Has that ever happened in any human society in history?” you tell me you north americans live in this reality and I literally can’t stop dunking on it using CHYNA as the basis for it.

        “How you can be a reader of Texas Arcane, and not understand the need for society to organize a national defense, is beyond my understanding. I’m well and truly stumped by this, and I don’t often give up on questions of this sort.” the entire anglosphere is about self-kevorking and being run not by other white men (as in the founding of america) but by other races!!!we don’t worship foreigners here or destroy over countries over them, itz preferably that they work low wage jobs instead of killing each other but whatever aint nobody be gonna burn down their own country for them but it be in the kwa.

        Are you intentionally rebutting me using america as a third person because I honesty can’t tell because all of this america in reality right now I mean kwanstania aka the end times doomsday prophecy of the prophet of PACK YOUR RICE. You seem to want to lash out at america but lash out at me instead, you have conviction of party leader but misguided on who your friends and enemies are.

        *WE ARE GOING TO SHIP ALL MANUFACTURING TO CHYNA AND CREATE A SERVICE ECONOMY ON THE BACKS OF MEXICAN GOBLINS NOOOO THE YUROPEAN IS MEAN TO ME NOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUUUUHHHHH*

        your progress will be further monitored by the quality of your posts make more of them and share for free with the people to defeat the capitalismsmsmss

        // Xi

        TLDR; when the two co-founders of Edenoidism both harbor strong pro-chyna sentiments in spirit and in action, you either get a treestump or (eventually/inevitably) join the party, this is also coherent with Edenoid mythos lore and canon.only america can stop china, but right now they are burning down their own country because jewish niggers told them to do so and the president can only tweet LAW&ORDER in response.
        You seem to get too triggered by my ping-posting so much so that you miss the point of them, you should consult the man who will beat you in the chin ups cup more often before you respond to my posts!but I digress.

        “Edison was a superbureaucrat:” eventually you get communism through capitalism aka china and your social credit score rises! whats exactly the problem here?!? virtue and moral will never build a flying car or a base on mars but it will find a cave and occupy until the sun explodes.

        This post was brought to you by Team Biden 2020

  2. kensuimo says:

    That’s a two count for occ superbureaucrats. We disagreed on Edison’s bulb but Reich clearly has none, though Reich arguably has some nobilid flavor.

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