June 13, 2018

Some Social Technologies of Interest

So we want to tinker with some basic social technologies to develop the craft, which can then be made scientific. As it happens, we have a few which we think work well, are important, we already have experience with either practically or theoretically, are within range for tinkering, and do not really have any mysterious elements.

We will list these and give a basic overview of them:

  1. Marriage. An exclusive permanent union between a man and a woman, often for the purpose of raising children. Very useful and foundational to the family, which is a necessary core component of all human societies. Tends to depend on a lot of social infrastructure. Harder than it might seem, but simple and reliable when done right.

  2. Mannerbund. A coordinated group of men with shared interests, aligned plans, high trust and internal integrity, and shared investment in mutual social and material resources. Very powerful when gotten right. It depends on many social technologies which internally create its conditions. It also enables and benefits from many social technologies which rely on a good environment. Marriage is easier to do within the context of mannerbund, where a system of enforcement for social rules is available. Marriage fulfils some of the major subrequirements of mannerbund, in particular the regulation of sexual competition.

  3. Family-Community. A community group of marriages and singles, including both men women, sustainably oriented towards supporting each other towards raising families. If this requires serious organization to get started or defend from entropy or enemies, mannerbund is useful. The particular challenges of building this in a subculture in a modern city are of interest to us. We don’t know what the enabling social technologies look like.

  4. Political Conspiracy. A thing you might try to do is politically take over the social environment. This requires high coordination and high commitment. Thus it is usually done best by a mannerbund. Think of the masons or the communists organizing to infiltrate all key surrounding institutions with an aim for eventual political supremacy. The distinguishing and necesary details of this are unclear.

  5. Organizational Hierarchy. A way in which leaders and lieutenants and grunts are organized into a tree-like chain of command. A necessary feature of coordinated groups, like mannerbunds, especially with scale. The details of balancing formality and organicity, and how everything should be structured, are still unknown to us.

  6. Masculine Emotional Trust-Building Exercises. A set of activities or rituals which build the kinds of trust and legible alignment between men needed for mannerbund, and clear the air of issues which can get in the way of this. This idea is relatively new to us, but we have recently come across it and are enthused by the prospect of using such exercises to quickly and deliberately build the kind of trust needed for strong mannerbund. Ideas in this space also seem useful for the problem of psychological refinement.

  7. Scientific Epistemic Community. A set of people each with individual truth-finding and theorizing ability, also with a set of interaction norms, such that they reliably come to the truth on difficult complex questions, and are able to generate new scientific ideas and build a science. There are subtechnologies here like expert deferral and “nullius in verba” and the idea of scientific knowledge which interact in subtle ways. This is very important to this project for obvious reasons, but much is still unclear to us.

These are a set of social technologies, which we believe we need for our overall project plan, and on which we have at least some traction. We will be delving into them individually as the muses allow.

Edited and curated by Wolf Tivy

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