Science Fiction / Planning (ongoing threads)
- Some of the science fiction I've been working on is meant to be
in the tradition of 'Critical Path' in the sense of spelling out
some possible scenarios, going forward.
I found that material on-line about 'the real Castro' (a book),
with a passage about Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch firm that has some
sales in Cuba, but could have more, if it's Ben & Jerry's subsidiary
really makes it to Havana or thereabouts, as a factory operation
perhaps. Senator Leahy of Vermont was suggesting this happen (I gave
a link), perhaps in a somewhat jocular fashion. Ice cream is a somewhat
non-serious subject, which is part of its charm.
Part of the subtext here is how to do bookkeeping in a way that's
more consistent with the general systems theory view that the primary
source of energy is not humans, not tax payers, but the sun and sun-
driven biochemistry (the so-called food chain). The sun also gives
us wind and, in time, buried fuels such as coal. Yes, it takes human
labor to mine and cultivate, but lets not make the mistake of saying
only human labor adds value to our equations. That's too parochial.
So yes, deviating from Marxism maybe, but that's not the point. It's
not Voodoo Economics either, with the mystique of "corporate persons".
I don't think Cuba would be ready to mortgage its future to such
superstitious, anti-science thinking. Not at a time when the
Doctrine of Discovery is being questioned. The royal prerogatives of
the landed wealthy are getting rolled back in retrospect. Kingdoms
are not really "God given". Bucky was right that the King James
version of the Lords Prayer seems rather obsessed with property
rights ("forgive us our trespasses") -- easy to see why he'd want
to rethink it.
If we think of the Earth (Spaceship Earth / Global U) as a giant
non-profit agency netting steady grant income from the Sun, then it's
a fund accounting system that we need. The various pathways taken
by labor mixed with energy / resources gets tracked through funds.
Sponsors see how their donations have been directed towards the
programs they wanted implemented. And who are these "sponsors"?
Why "we the people" of course. USA OS (USA operating system) is
about providing basic infrastructure for channeling funds, thereby
turning commitment and intention into on-the-ground programming.
That's what we call the Be-Do-Have projects completion cycle in GST.
This takes me to our Coffee Shops Network idea, which is simply a
way to channel charitable giving by means of games. The games are
didactic, meaning they might teach principles of biochemistry for
example, such as the so-called standard dogma (about DNA, RNA and the
synthesis process). We want Global U students to find themselves in
the role of donating to worthy causes quite early. There's a kind
of character building that goes with committing winnings to this or
that cause, and taking credit in one's profile. People see what
you stand for, whether you put your money where your mouth is.
Perhaps I bring up these games because one can imagine a new kind of
casino where such games get played. Many Cubans were glad to get
the casinos out of Havana, but here's an ironic twist as these new
ones actually fuel the nonprofits and their fund accounting systems.
It's "trickle down from the sun" with human intelligence doing some
homework and energy switching.
With Portland in particular, I've wanted to capitalize on the 'toon
town' reputation and produce a lot of these technical cartoons.
These could also be comic books. Comic books about Bucky, not unlike
Logicomix about Bertrand Russell, might go a long way towards building
rapport across cultures. The Linus Pauling House, which I've been
suggesting Unilever could buy, currently houses a comic book company
that creates and publishes just such science-minded comic books, such
as this one about the Missoula Flood. It pretends contemporary
kids were present, even though this was a very long time ago (13K -
15K years). I don't know if Terry would even sell though. The
boyhood home of Linus Pauling is great PR for any owner, as we're
talking two Nobels, one for peace. There's a commitment to integrity
in Pauling's life that would make for great associations, at least
among a small group of cognoscenti. Mentor Graphics is currently
one of the beneficiaries through sponsoring the Linus Pauling Memorial
Lecture series (produced on ISEPP, where I've been a board member --
so its appropriate to dream up these deals, even if they don't go
Thinking in terms of geological time scales is what keeps general
systems theory more science-based than economics. You stop thinking
money is at the core of Global U operations when you think more
clearly in terms of thermodynamics and the long range mix of gases.
All talk of global warming aside, the climate has certainly been
variable. Change is normal. Humans evolving and changing how they
self-organize is also normal. It happens without conscious planning
at some level, but then consciousness helps too. The workings of the
Zeitgeist make a difference.
(more later, just scratch padding as usual, maybe link from a blog