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    09-21-2022, 03:02 AM
    The only reason the media would ever cover such atrocities is because they are rare, and thus newsworthy. Drive-by shootings are never given the news coverage that mass shootings are given because they are common and thus "boring". The only hope we may have is for the average person to be jaded by mass shooting incidents resulting in waning viewership (demand) and thus waning coverage (supply). This would rob would be shooters of a spotlight and, hopefully, lead to waning incidents. You would think that the pandemic would have already taken the air out of the shock value of such incidents though.
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    08-30-2022, 11:10 AM
    Thank you, ClaytonB, for your feedback. I haven't heard of David D. Friedman until now. A quick look-up shows that his father was Milton Friedman who I have seen videos of. I will look into the books Machinery of Freedom, and Law's Order that you have recommended (if I can find them for a reasonable price). Chaos theory would indicate that most consequentialist ethics may be untenable. Finding a precise optimized value for everyone from now into the far future would be like trying to hit a 1 cm radius target 10 km north of you with a single arrow when there is turbulent west-east crosswinds. This daunting task has led many utilitarians to adopt an approximation of act utilitarianism in the form of rule utilitarianism. However, setting up simple rules wouldn't be sufficient to hit the target so rule utilitarianism would deviate considerably from act utilitarianism. Entropian ethics might have an advantage here since it is more open ended. It would be like trying to hit the broad side of a northern mountain. A simple rule would be to aim north and not south. The turbulence would have less effect on obtaining the goal. Perhaps I should then explore rule social entropianism. This would sacrifice a lot of the rigor in exchange for workability. As for entropianism leading to a hot hellscape, most of the universe is cold (2.7 K) and concentrating heat in one part the universe will require removing it from elsewhere. Humans already live in a privileged hot paradise (which would be hell to lifeforms accustomed to lower temperatures). Under entropian ethics, entropy is considered a right and not necessarily a mandate, so there is no need to turn Earth into a hot hellscape (although if someone wanted absolute liberation of all atoms in their body, they can always visit the sun, another privileged hotspot). Thank you for your consideration.
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    08-28-2022, 10:51 PM
    This is what physicists do . Even if processing the vast number of variables involved in the behavior of each particle in the universe is effectively impossible, one can still derive some basic principles and approximations (rules of thumb) to guide us in our interaction with the universe. Physicists do this with a great deal of success. It may not be possible to simulate the globe down to dust particles. Doing so would require recruiting every dust particle to do the calculation. Then you run into the paradox of the earth simulating itself, so all we are left with is abstraction as you call it; deriving rules of thumb from basic principles. So you apply game theory with an open ended game. This sounds similar to what I am proposing. I could be wrong though.
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    08-28-2022, 07:48 PM
    So you are not open to it? Humans, and groups of humans, are physical, thermodynamic systems and as such are capable of carrying information. On some level information has to apply to human relations, or are we entirely exempt from such, aloof from physical reality? Maybe I'm a complete idiot on the topic. If I am so deluded then perhaps you can enlighten me as to how I am wrong applying your expertise, or if you don't have the the time, I can wait for someone else to discuss it. Libertarianism may be the Michael Jordan of political philosophy, but I have yet to see any definition of liberty or freedom from other libertarians that connects in any way to physical reality, or defined in any way other than in black and white terms. The recent pandemic has shown the dangers of such inflexible thinking and has led many people, wrongly, to reject libertarianism completely, including former libertarian "icons" like Penn Jillette. People nowadays are being woo'ed by the pseudo-rationality of utilitarianism and technocracy because they at least pretend to try and quantify what they are promoting. We need to be able to properly define liberty in a way that connects with reality and up our game or we lose in the current environment.
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    08-28-2022, 05:09 PM
    I wonder what H. P. Lovecraft thinks about fractals.
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    08-28-2022, 04:50 PM
    Hello all. I would like to share a model that I have been developing that uses the language of math to describe liberty. I propose that liberty, among other values, can be defined as a form of information entropy, measured in information units. In particular, liberty can be defined as conditional behavioral transition(action) entropy, or private freedom. The advantage of doing so is that it can be justified as an objective value by applying the principle of maximum entropy (first derived by E. T. Jaynes I]II] in the 1950s) to the concept of value models. This may allow a new field of study ("Libertology" if you will) where liberty can, in principle, be measured and studied (at least conceptually). Using mathematical methods, a "student of libertology" will have the autonomy to understand, check, and derive basic principles on their own without contradicting others using the same methods, or having to consult an authority. This could solve a lot of conflicts. A detailed description of the methods used can be found in the document in the following link: S.E.E. Feel free to download, read, and share it. As a note, there is a lot of math used, so there might be a bit of a learning curve. It is my hope that the methods and principles provided in the document can help support the cause of liberty by giving it a more rigorous conceptual footing.
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