The Dark Forest doesn’t seem like an appropriate analogy for the online behavior you’ve described. The Internet dynamics in question seem far more like the dark side of McLuhan’s Global Village, which most people fail to discuss when examining his works.
A poorly considered and constructed argument.
The question is not “how does our present reality compare to an ideal meritocracy?”
The question is “are specific kinds of societies increasingly capable of generating more meritocratic outcomes than a historical base rate?”
Thanks for the interesting and informative read.
After first acknowledging the value of articulating a model that separates path-dependent, identity-bound reputation from the abstracted symbols we use to mediate the exchange of rivalrous goods and services, I’d like to share a few…
Glad to see more people discussing the threat China poses with respect to their Techno-Authoritarianism.
For those looking to read further analysis before David’s next installment, you may enjoy this piece I penned last year concerning the more general pattern of what I’ve begun to call Data Slavery.
Fair enough. I then think we’re saying similar things.
In later essays it becomes increasingly clear that I’m discussing the emergence of price as a function of human coordination, if that is unclear in this installment.
That said, we should keep in mind that the field of economics very much *did*…
It’s all too common, especially online, for people to assert that a statement is a strawman when it cuts against their interpretation. But you must remember that you’re not interpreting my words with pure objectivity, so there will always remain a degree of ambiguity, potentially open to reconciliation. And for this reconciliation to occur, it’s…
This looks like an example of Big-O syndrome, in which one (mis)applies bounding analytic logic to the evolution and behavior of complex systems.
Unfortunately, this reductive approach gives us little insight into the set of behavioral changes within a system’s phase space that have little to do with its analytic boundary…
Thank you for the offer! I’d be open to that, but would first like to discuss where the translation would be published and how we might navigate the translation process together, as I’d like to help resolve any ambiguities concerning translation of the more abstract concepts contained within the series.