lørdag 28. april 2007

Moldbug: Jaroslav Hašek and the kernel-monitor meme; Terminology and an open floor

This is an abbreviated post. The original can be found here.

 To sum up the previous post: The word "religion" seems to be a matter for those who care about the details of anthropomorphic paranormal entities ("wizards"). But I care whether you're trying to burn Jews, not whether you believe that Baal commands you to burn Jews. Since the word is distracting those of us not studying theology, we might need new words for dangerous delusions (such as those that lead people to burn Jews) regardless of whether or not those delusions contain wizards. As a computer programmer, I suggest "kernel" for the belief system, and "monitor" for the people and institutions that transmit and broadcast a kernel.
(Editor's note: In the next post, Terminology and an open floor, Moldbug reconsiders "monitor" as being too vague and changes it to "repeater". I will use this henceforth.)

A kernel is a cluster of memes that you got from other people, divided into two main parts: the logical kernel, which says what is true or false, and the ethical kernel, which says what is righteous or wrongtious.

Where do you get your kernel(s)? There are three primary sources most people trust: parents, friends, and repeaters.

A repeater is an institution that you trust sufficiently to let it install memes on your system. This trust is graded, not boolean, and may be domain-specific. Harvard and Columbia are examples of repeaters that I trust in the physics domain.

Discuss. Give examples of kernels and repeaters.

(Editor's note: At this point Moldbug posts an extended interlude from a Czech novel by Jaroslav Hašek. I will skip it and move on to the next post, Terminology and an open floor.)

So a religion is a kernel, and a church is a repeater, but not all kernels are religions, and not all repeaters are churches.

Question: How do we get a general separation of Repeater and State? The floor is open for comments, and for extracts from Eastern European novels.

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