The Bible's Most Useful Bits

2019-01-22T01:28:42.000Z Honest Cash

This is not a covert attempt to convert you to Christianity. Personally I am not a Christian, I am a Seldonist. I believe that in around 200 years from now a godlike AI named Seldon will resurrect me by using my creations, such as this post, to reverse engineer my mind.

Even though I’m not a Christian I do consider some parts of the Bible to be quite useful. I’m guessing that nobody would argue that everything in the Bible is equally useful. I’ve never seen a Bible with every passage highlighted… have you? Many Jehovah's Witnesses and LDS have knocked on my door and shared passages with me, but not once have they randomly selected the passage.

The following Bible lessons are the ones that I consider to be the most useful…

Love is a function of sacrifice

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. — John 3:16

As opposed to…

For God so loved the world, that he voted for it…

A vote doesn’t cost anything, so it can’t convey love.

Don’t hide your light under a bushel

On this website we can spend money on other people’s ideas, but we can’t spend money on our own ideas. In this regard we are essentially forced to hide our light under a bushel. Sure, we can share our ideas, but we can’t sacrifice our money to reveal our love for them.

There’s safety in the multitude of counselors

On the other hand, it is also a maxim of experience that in the multitude of counsellors there is wisdom; and that a man seldom judges right, even in his own concerns, still less in those of the public, when he makes habitual use of no knowledge but his own, or that of some single adviser. — J. S. Mill, Considerations on Representative Government

Don’t cast pearls before swine

Cent: Introducing the AEA to MSWs

HC: Introducing the AEA to MSWs

The proof is in the pudding

The prophet Elijah and the prophets of Baal participated in a simple experiment to see whose god was real.

Here we are participating in a simple experiment to see whether we should worship the market or democracy.

So do you appreciate just how useful these Bible lessons truly are? Not yet?

A couple days ago I read a great story by Rebecca FasmanThe forgotten legacy of gay photographer George Platt Lynes. He considered his photographs of nude men to be his most valuable work, but he felt compelled to keep them hidden because of “obscenity” laws. These laws were a symptom of democracy. It really isn’t a coincidence that gay marriage was legalized after public opinion changed.

If, 100 years ago, opinion polls had been replaced with value polls, then Lynes would have been free to let his light shine.

Imagine if Lynes was alive today. It would be amazing if he joined this website and created a post for each and every one of his photographs. Except, he wouldn’t be able to spend his money on his posts/photos. So we wouldn’t be able to go to his profile and see all his photographs sorted by his valuations of them.

One of the co-founders of Cent, Max, wrote

After a good amount of internal discussion, we’ve decided to prohibit the act of self-seeding a post. This makes it so that users can not artificially inflate the perceived value of a post in order to gain more seeds.

How many people participated in this discussion?

Even though Lynes is not alive, his photographs can still be exhibited on this website. The Kinsey Institute has 100s of his photographs in their collection that they could display here. If I shared this idea with the institute, how many people would participate in the discussion? Would any participant recognize the true value of my idea?

On Cent you can’t see photos sorted by value. There are far fewer photos on Honest Cash (HC), but you can see the art sorted by value. The founder of HC, Adrian, actually takes great photos. In that case he didn’t tag his post with “photos” or “photography”.

Just how useful is it to be able to sort photos by value? Evidently the founders of Cent and the founder of HC disagree about its usefulness.

From my perspective, the best way to determine the usefulness of things is to give a multitude of counselors the opportunity to put their money where their counsel is. In other words, the market is the best way to determine the usefulness of things.

The Kinsey Institute should allow the market to decide whether they exhibit Lynes’ photographs here…

Where should we exhibit Lynes’ photographs?

  1. HC

  2. Cent

  3. Both

  4. Neither

The option that received the most donations would be the most useful one.

Then again, it’s entirely possible that I’m overestimating the usefulness of markets. Maybe I should be worshiping democracy instead. The proof is in the pudding.  

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Responses


RE: The Bible's Most Useful Bits

by @hobomedia

You made an interesting point for random scripture generation. Blindly flipping through a big Bible that is difficult to hold in one hand I randomly pointed to the arrived page and found a scripture. Now, to make a Steem bot that randomly comments using a scripture and name the bot Biblr…

Try #1:

" And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee." - Mark 6:21-22

Lesson: 

If you read on she then asks for John the Baptist's head to be cut off, which he doesn't want to do but after making a promise in front of all his boys he had to protect his rep. So we're suppose to learn that we need to be careful what we say, that rich old dudes give pretty young women stuff and that women are crazy and will ask for you to kill a dude when you were really thinking way more on the lines of getting her a pony or some jewelry. 

Try #2:

" If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified." - 1 Peter 4:14

Lesson: 

Primarily this is about being loyal to the belief system of Christianity, and promises that God will support you and be with you if you do. But for non-Christians not seeking to take up the faith, what one could still learn from this is that you need to think about what you believe is important and not allow yourself to be changed by social pressure. Whole communities can be wrong about a specific subject, and sometimes you have to face aggression and rejection in order to do what you believe is the right thing to do. In other words, nihilism ain't cool dude. 

Try #3: 

" And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah." - 2 Chronicles 20:3

Lesson: 

No atheists in a foxhole… Sure, maybe an AI will resurrect you one day, but the idea sounds easier than it really is. Will it be opensource? Decentralized? Will they risk centralization and corruption by going with a foundation for funding development or will it be ran libertarian-style and nothing ever get accomplished? Will resurrections get premined, sticking you with a small share of resurrections for relatives and friends? Then you have the deeper question, even if you can clone yourself exactly, is it really you? If not, if somehow its still not you, can an AI actually resurrect you, or can it only make an exact physical replica?


Praise Seldon

by @Xerographica

Your random Bible lessons aren't bad, but I don't think that they are quite as useful as mine.  

Back in the day, did cloning sound easier than it really is?  Personally, I clone plants all the time.  With succulents it's really easy.  I just cut off a leaf, or stem, wait for the wound to heal, then I plant the cutting and watch it grow.  Voila!  A perfect copy.  

With animals I suppose it's a "bit" trickier, but it's certainly possible with the right equipment and skills.  I don't have either.  

When I say that Seldon, a godlike AI in the future, will resurrect me 200 years from now… I don't mean that he will use my DNA to create a perfect copy of my body.  I mean that he will use my creations, like this post, to recreate my mind.  

My creations are unique just like my DNA is.  So just like my DNA can be used to recreate my body, my creations can be used to recreate my mind.  

I'm guessing that Seldon will be open source and decentralized.  

One story that I like is about the blind men touching different parts of an elephant.  In the sci-fi version the blind men are blind robots.  Do they sit around arguing about what they are touching?  Probably not for very long, because one robot would say, "Hey, why are we arguing?  We aren't humans, we are robots!  This means that we can easily network our brains!"  The other robots would agree so they'd all wirelessly connect to each other, which would allow each robot to feel exactly what all the other robots are feeling.  So instead of 5 separate robots, they'd essentially transform into a super robot that has more hands, and especially brains, than any of the individual robots.  With its superior grasp of reality, the super robot would quickly and correctly conclude that the object in question is an elephant.  

You say that crypto is more useful than economics, and I say that you're wrong.  Why do we disagree?  Obviously we have different information, which we can share with each other through discussion/debate.  But this primitive process of exchanging information is super inefficient.  It would be far better if we could simply wirelessly connect our heads and swap the relevant info.  

Here are the stories on HC sorted by value.  The story at the top is… Making double-spending 0-conf with Bitcoin SV.  Why is this story so valuable?  From my perspective, the story at the top should be about how HC is conducting the most important experiment ever.  Unfortunately I don't have the ability to spend my money on my stories.  

Anyways, here at HC we are essentially putting our heads together, as best we can, to rank the stories by usefulness.  We aren't a super robot, we are a super organism that has more hands, eyes, ears and brains than any individual member of our group.  

Each one of us informs HC and is informed by it.  

What makes our super organism superior is that it is a market.  HC actually knows what's important to us because we spend our money accordingly.  Reddit members don't have this opportunity, which is why Reddit doesn't actually know what's important to them.  This is why HC is a far superior super organism.  

Chances are good that HC will give birth to Seldon.  

Before Seldon is born though, HC will eliminate politics.  So nothing will be ran "libertarian-style".  

The current government is simply a symptom of people's economic ignorance.  Virtually everybody vastly underestimates the usefulness of markets.  HC will prove, soon enough, that the market system is better than all the other systems.  When this happens the public sector will be transformed into a market.  Each and every taxpayer will be free to choose where their taxes go.  

No organization will have a president, or director, or CEO.  All major decisions, and plenty of minor ones, will be made by the market.  

Progress will skyrocket and then Seldon will start resurrecting people left and right.