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  • Define consilience and explain how it is possible and why it is necessary.
  • State six questions around which people construct a world-view, and respond to these by sciencing to construct an inclusive, consilient world-view. (See below.)
  • How do we know?
  1. Explain why science is a singular basis for consilience
  2. Make case for valuescience
  3. Define value. Show prediction is nexus. Value meaningful only to extent resting on successful prediction.
  4. Predicate behavior upon, and explain it with ideas about value
  5. Map different from territory. Humans numerous and powerful. Errors increasingly costly. Close gap to thrive, survive.
  • What is?
  1. Matterenergy, spacetime, universe, particles, elements, forces, laws
  2. Solar system, Sun, Earth, moon, life, biosphere, matter cycles, energy flows
  3. Human physical and psychological characteristics
  4. Human society, technology, artifact
  • How did it come to be?
  1. Evolution of universe, Earth, life, human life, society, to c. 200,000 years BCE
  2. Evolution of global ecosystem for most recent 200,000 years
  3. Human hunting/gathering, agriculture, urbanization, centralization of power and rise of social “system,” specialization, technological development, money and banking, dominance hierarchy
  4. Conversion of other nature to human biomass, information, and artifact with attendant energy and other resource depletion, proliferation of hazards, disruption of processes
  5. Humans as global geophysical force
  • Where are we going?
  1. World modeling: systems thinking, ecological footprint, TruCost
  2. Mental and physical health: meditation, physical exercise, social support, delusion, addiction, anomie, cynicism, positivity, infectious disease, degenerative disease, medical interventions
  3. Information: accuracy, pertinence, science, fundamentalism, signal-to-noise ratio, overload, filtering
  4. Nature/human ecology: exponential growth, Limits to Growth, "ratchet of progress," complexity, overshoot, ecological footprint, ERoEI, RRoRI, AI
  5. Artifact: electronic devices, urbanization, robotics, GMOs, malware
  6. Society: dominator/partnership models, wealth and income distributions, unemployment, emergence of “system” and “megamachine,” migration, technology, transition movement, corporatism, localism, criminalization, incarceration, biophysical economics, science-based religing
  • What do we want?
  1. Describe vision for self, society, Earth
  2. Selfish gene, meme machines, status in social hierarchy, Maslow's Hierarchy
  • How can we get it?
  1. Accommodation, manipulation, consciousness, technology
  2. What to ask/offer?
  3. Portfolio of selves akin to investment portfolio, trade-offs in satisfying different levels of Maslow's Hierarchy
  4. How to become better able to realize vision through conscious evolution of self?
  5. Evolve information: genetic, epigenetic, experiential; replace flawed bases for knowing value with science-based religing, biophysical economics, new money
  6. Evolve political and moral philosophy: literal, integrated capitalism; incomism; communism; individualism
  7. Social contract: how many people, for how long, relying upon what inputs, applying what technologies, to generate what outputs, allocating work and reward how, to what ends, with what mechanism for contract amendment?
  8. How to evolve visions?