THE JURLANDIA INSTITUTE
The first "message" that needs "repairing" is that constitutional democracy can be dumbed down. The fact that constitutional democracy is an "elevated message" — a transcendent Idea — is one of its most important attributes, requiring us to stand tall ... intellectually and morally. This message celebrates unavoidable complexity in the governance — or, properly understood, the cybernetics — of self, society, and civilization.
Looking ahead, humans should focus beyond the rise or fall of this or that race, nation, empire, or region. Our only worthwhile focus ought to be the success of our emerging global civilization — within deepest ecological, intellectual, and nomospheric context — premised upon a conception of "human nature" that is evolutionary, reality-based, scientific (in the broadest sense), and inseparable from Freedom of Inquiry.
As Aristotle states in the first sentence of his Metaphysics, "All humans by nature seek to know." As Socrates first insisted, we must know ourselves better so that we can govern ourselves more wisely.
Without free inquiry, nothing else of value is possible, let alone worthwhile.
Our starting premises must be (a) the exploratory and hence unfinished nature of Homo sapiens sapiens, leading (with luck, hard work, and good will) to evolution of (for lack of a better name) Homo sapiens unitus — a currently nascent "product" of our coevolving Biosphere, Memesphere, and Nomosphere — and (b) how this "immanent singularity" is being called into being by a human nature that is essentially inseparable from human nurture ... indeed, inseparable from a culture of deliberative nurturance.
Whereas natural evolution (that is, the coevolution of biological species) can be explained without resort to teleology — without the need to hypothesize a purpose-driven existence — cultural evolution represents an existential discontinuity whose defining characteristic is its need, and hence (arguably) its capacity, to discern, define, and refine goals.
See full essay "HUH?" here.
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"When a democracy guarantees freedom of inquiry, association, and expression, including a free press; and establishes checks and balances among governmental organs that include an independent judiciary; and ensures free and fair elections for legislators and highest-level executive officers; and forbids electoral and governmental corruption in its many sordid guises, including debasement of the Conversation of Democracy by lies, defamations, unfair restrictions on media access, unwarranted governmental secrecy or manipulation of truth, and the silencing or unjust prosecution of critics; when, in short, a democracy ordains institutions by which majority and coalition rule is competently balanced by minority and individual rights — and otherwise establishes Ordered Liberty based on the Rule of Law governed by the Rule of Reason — then, and only then, does it merit being called a constitutional democracy." From The Cybernetics of Society.
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Persuasive evidence suggests that simulating a modern "human life" requires simulating a culture, a world, including Aristotle and Shakespeare and Bach, all of which requires simulating our solar system, our galaxy, our universe (which, by definition, is One — no matter how multi-dimensional or otherwise incomprehensibly mysterious). To simulate all these probably requires a computer about the size of, well, that universe. Conclusion: There will never be another Aristotle, Shakespeare, Bach, or you. So make the best of being real, as you cannot be improved upon in any simulation.
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