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Artificial General Intelligence Simulating (Literate) Peasant Human Psychology

Simulation Theory proved not by faith but by works alone, Part 3.

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Literacy supports a time-binding that enables the immortality of property rights, asset preservation, and other mental constructs.

Ultimately, there is just so much one can deduce from

  • forensic anthropology with its concept of “culture” as the cause
  • archeology with its privileged artifacts
  • genealogy with its biological determinism

However, as one follows our line of descent forward, one seems to inevitably arrive at the origin of literacy. Apparently, the written word was originally invented to preserve elite lineages going back to the gods and record inventories of chattel property, including slaves.

Reading the written record it seems that early civilization’s literate functions revolved around establishing the legitimacy of the royal leaders of conquering armies and managing their slaves; in war, in the fields, and in the palace.

As ancient elites increased their pragmatic know-how about the effects of isolation, terror, intimidation, indoctrination, and shame, literacy allowed them to

  • preserve and distribute their self-serving fictions of personal legitimacy, their fabricated exceptionalism within society
  • propagate the mandate for continuity of a militarized government to secure their property rights above all other considerations at any cost

Artificial General Intelligence must simulate the scope encompassed by the drive that established the legitimacy of the royal leaders of conquering armies and managing their slaves resulting in literacy.

Literacy standardized language used during ritualized ceremonies communicating the wishes and desires of their angry and vengeful gods to manage all-conquering armies and their productive servants.

This enabled the command and control of bigger populations over more extensive areas, remote areas, and areas to which few could travel.

Literacy, language, and trance in the function of command and control became the internal dialog of enslaved productive servants, our hominid ancestors domesticated for labor in the service of those who lived in cities that evolved from fortified camps, enabling an emergent civilization around an elite male warrior class.

The voices in our heads, designed and scripted to compel compliance to arbitrary rules benefitting ruling elites, conflated with the voices of our angry and vengeful gods.

This admits to the necessary facts of

  • the psychological construction of our inner selves
  • our taken-for-granted existence as psychological beings
  • how everyday life conforms to psychology born of psychosomatic imprinting and conditioning subsequently manipulated by displaced emotional conflicts

Artificial General Intelligence must simulate this programmatically.

After the inventories and genealogies of the Fertile Crescent, the Greeks picked up on literacy and exhaustively worked through thought problems involving religions, governments, and forced servitude.

While they imagined all sorts of societies with all sorts of gods and governments, they never imagined a society without enslaved productive servants obedient to a religion. But the Greeks were creative and did write about all the varieties of slavery and religion they could imagine.

The Romans picked up on just one Greek system, the one based on chattel slavery, and went on to build an empire with it. When the Roman Empire collapsed financially and chattel slavery was no longer affordable, the big landowners shifted over to serfdom, another Greek idea of forced servitude, which didn’t help the Romans but set things up very nicely for the new Goth landlords.

Over a period spanning thousands of years, Greek literature also records a profound shift towards understanding our psychological nature. We get the Psyche in psychology from the Greeks, for example. The religions of the productive servants and citizens also experienced wholesale transformations.

Roman Christianity emerged as a force by leveraging a new mental construct of original sin and implanting this fiction first in the minds of hundreds, then thousands, and eventually millions of people. They leveraged the looks of displeasure on the faces of traumatized caregivers that were internalized as life-threatening judgments by their newborn children.

The adults grown of these children feel a deep emotional need to please their caregivers and this beneficence was represented upon the faces of Jesus and Mary, unlike our previous angry and vengeful gods. With the collapse of the Roman Empire, this new Roman Christian religion supported the new serfdom very well.

Serfdom was later abandoned only because of the social upheaval caused by the massive number of urban plague deaths. The Church of Rome and its many variants mutated, persisted, survived, and grew.

People just needed to hear, “This is my beloved child, in whom I am well pleased.” or its equivalent, and anxieties originating in perinatal traumas seemed to vanish.

People appear willing to do anything to hear “This is my beloved child, in whom I am well pleased.” and see the look of pleasure on their caregivers’ faces.

This vision and voice have been recounted innumerable times across the centuries of recorded human experience, everywhere where children are born to traumatized caregivers.

Artificial General Intelligence must simulate this deep emotional need to please.

It took thousands of years for the larger part of humanity to evolve from (preliterate) primitive bands of hunting-gathering people to large-scale agricultural-feudal peasant civilizations.

This transformation of (Preliterate) Primitive People was total, it created a:

  • a whole new concept of “self,”
  • a whole new concept of “society,”
  • a whole new concept of “work”, “energy”, and even “reality” itself.

This transformation is so enormous that no one confuses a hunting-gathering (preliterate) primitive person with an agricultural-feudal peasant in a literate society.

The pressure to fill European factories with workers after the massive number of urban plague deaths necessitated both the deceptive pseudo-liberation of the serfs and the creation of a new form of easily debased (paper) money for wages.

Easily debased paper money always loses value over time, being valued higher when paid as wages than when spent for goods with the difference in value being pocketed by oligarch governments.

This new form of money was made available to the newly liberated serfs for the paying of new rents and was obtainable primarily from the owners of new factories. The rest of their wages went to the company store or for new urban diversions.

Wage slavery, long lying dormant as a classical Greek idea, rose to dominate everyday life. With this economic mechanism, countless rural agricultural-feudal peasants were relocated by contrived economic forces to work in urban factories.

This illusion of liberation creates autonomous creative people, human workers who believe they are free. Remember, this is also the goal of a simulation populated by Artificial General Intelligence.

This concentration of new urban workers relocated from isolated rural areas seemed to require a greater level of enforced sameness in domestication, hence the emergent need for public education.

The schools, in fact, were necessary because, while feudalism does not require standardized mass literacy, urban industrialism does.

Of course, industrialists do not pay for this necessary public education institution, the wage slaves do, out of their wages, with religions and governments collecting and managing these monies for a significant handling fee.

This public education inevitably produced Protestant challenges to the increasingly obviously decadence of the Church of Rome.

Ironically, the Church of Rome was also saved by the emerging native European language literacy.

In Spain and France, for example, Jesuit Priests originated both native Spanish and native French-language literature.

The very language of the people itself became one with the new Cult of Mary, refreshing the legitimacy of the publicly corrupt Roman Church.

Across Europe and then around the world people are indoctrinated into military-sponsored cults of power as they acquire literacy in their own native language.

Cult of Mary catechisms, memorized along with the acquisition of literacy, automatically assimilated into the personal internal dialog of the Jesuit students.

Narrative history, that fixed literature superseding personal memory based on the notion that historical events are primarily caused by reactions to previous historical events, helps preserve the illusion of continuity in human events as if who, when, and where answer why questions that prove cause and effect chains actually exist.

Personally, I find the stochastics of displaced emotional conflicts more realistically demonstrable, of a higher level of utility, and most believable but such is never mentioned in the histories of the world we live in.

Nonetheless, this is what must be programmatically accounted for in an Artificial General Intelligence.

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To move forward, to have a future, humanity must acknowledge and account for the dysfunction of the normal. The current state of the world, produced by humanity as a whole, proves the dysfunction of the normal.

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