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Why does the brain have a reward prediction error? (Paywall) Mark Humphries wrote that story, I replied, he replied, I replied…
The dogs at a show could be ranked by…
1. a small committee of experts (socialism)
2. everybody voting (democracy)
3. everybody donating any amount (market)
With the last one all the money could be given to the Human Society, for example.
Each of these three systems is very different, so they would rank the dogs very differently. One system would rank the dogs far more intelligently than the other two systems.
Here’s a list of books…
- The Origin Of Species
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- A Theory of Justice
- A Tale of Two Cities
- 50 Shades of Grey
- The Bible
- War and Peace
- The Cat in the Hat
- The Wealth of Nations
These books aren’t equally useful, just like dogs aren’t equally useful. We could also use the three very different systems to rank these ten books. One system would rank the books far more intelligently than the other two systems.
It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around this. You’re trying to figure out how the human brain works, which I think is certainly a useful endeavor. But is it as useful as figuring out which collective brain is the most intelligent? What’s the difference?
The foragers in a beehive use costly signals to rank flower patches. A bunch of individuals put their tiny heads together to try and correctly discern the usefulness of a patch. The more correct their assessment, the more optimal their allocation of resources.
Right now I’m allocating my resources to discussing intelligence with you. Why? Because my brain tells me that this is a very useful thing to discuss. But it’s not like I have a good grasp of the exact mechanics. Your grasp is much better than mine. From my limited perspective, it seems like my brain is a bunch of individuals putting their tiny heads together to try and correctly discern the usefulness of a topic.
I’m a multicellular individual. Why? Because a long time ago a bunch of unicellular individuals did a really good job of putting their tiny heads together. Now here I am, a multicellular individual, trying to explain to you, a multicellular individual, that it’s relatively easy, and incredibly beneficial, to figure out which system does the best job of putting our tiny heads together.
Heh. It feels really… primordial.
Right now the most important experiment is being conducted… Honest Cash. Participants use costly signals to rank content. As opposed to Medium, Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google where content is ranked by cheap signals.
The Honest Cash experiment will economically enlighten everyone, and then all us multicellular individuals will do an infinitely better job of putting our tiny heads together, which means infinitely faster evolution.
If you want to better understand brains, then you should definitely participate in the Honest Cash experiment. You can use your money to improve how the content is ranked.
Compare these two passages…
While one can see that a nervous system signalling to both tissues could make chemical communication redundant, it’s now clear that the hormonal link — and the autonomous character of peripheral tissues — never went away. As specialised populations of cells evolved, the total organism benefited from individual tissues broadcasting their status to modulate other organs. As Karsenty puts it, ‘no organ is an island in our body.’ — Liam Drew, Hormones United
It is thus that the private interests and passions of individuals naturally dispose them to turn their stocks towards the employments which in ordinary cases are most advantageous to the society. But if from this natural preference they should turn too much of it towards those employments, the fall of profit in them and the rise of it in all others immediately dispose them to alter this faulty distribution. Without any intervention of law, therefore, the private interests and passions of men naturally lead them to divide and distribute the stock of every society among all the different employments carried on in it as nearly as possible in the proportion which is most agreeable to the interest of the whole society. — Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations
What’s the difference?
In both cases the optimal balance, the efficient allocation of resources, depends on a bunch of individuals effectively putting their tiny heads together. On a small scale the best system involves the sacrifice of calories. On our scale the best system involves the sacrifice of cash.
Today Honest Cash posted a request for us to be "an advocate for the underdog". The first thing that came to mind is this excellent article by Conor Friedersdorf… Democratic Socialism Threatens Minorities. It makes the solid case that the interests of minorities are much better protected by markets than by democracy.
Around 5% of people are vegetarian. With democracy (tyranny of the majority) they would lose by a mile, but with a market, they have plenty of meat-substitutes to choose from. As the saying goes, there's riches in niches.
What makes Honest Cash special is that it uses a market to rank content. This naturally means that the interests of minorities will be much better protected here than they are on sites that use democracy to rank content, for example… Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, Steemit and Google.
Honest Cash is a genuine marketplace of ideas. It won't be the most popular ideas that receive the most attention, it will be the most valuable ones. And where do the most valuable ideas come from? The masses? No, they come from minorities. They come from the underdogs. They come from the heretics.
To be clear, I'm not saying that the heretics are always right. Some of them are certainly crazy. What I'm saying is that Honest Cash will do a better job than the democratic websites at elevating the truth, it will rise up the ranks far faster, which means expedited enlightenment and evolution…
Our creed is that the science of government is an experimental science, and that, like all other experimental sciences, it is generally in a state of progression. No man is so obstinate an admirer of the old times as to deny that medicine, surgery, botany, chemistry, engineering, navigation, are better understood now than in any former age. We conceive that it is the same with political science. Like those physical sciences which we have mentioned, it has always been working itself clearer and clearer, and depositing impurity after impurity. There was a time when the most powerful of human intellects were deluded by the gibberish of the astrologer and the alchemist; and just so there was a time when the most enlightened and virtuous statesman thought it the first duty of a government to persecute heretics, to found monasteries, to make war on Saracens. But time advances; facts accumulate; doubts arise. Faint glimpses of truth begin to appear, and shine more and more unto the perfect day. The highest intellects, like the tops of mountains, are the first to catch and reflect the dawn. They are bright, while the level below is still in darkness. But soon the light, which at first illuminated only the loftiest eminences, descends on the plain and penetrates to the deepest valley. First come hints, then fragments of systems, then defective systems, then complete and harmonious systems. The sound opinion, held for a time by one bold speculator, becomes the opinion of a small minority, of a strong minority, of a majority of mankind. Thus the great progress goes on, till schoolboys laugh at the jargon which imposed on Bacon, till country rectors condemn the illiberality and intolerance of Sir Thomas More. — Thomas Macaulay
The most enlightened minorities need the opportunity to quickly lead the masses in the most valuable direction. Honest Cash is this opportunity, because it's a genuine marketplace of ideas.
On Twitter, Alex Van de Sande (@avsa) tweeted…
*I think *@Cent* is very cool, but I worry they might just be the next reddit. Here’s how we can prevent that and create a social media community that outlives any particular platform or company: https://beta.cent.co/+u8rqom*
Dmitry asked what’s wrong with Reddit, and avsa replied that it’s owned by a single corporation.
I spent my money on avsa’s story. If you scroll down it and look at the replies, the first one you’ll see is by Matthew 吾馬太 (@matthew). Why is his reply at the top? It’s because I spent my money on it.
This is how Cent works. We use our money to rank the content. This really isn’t how Reddit works. It isn’t how Twitter works. It isn’t how Facebook works. It isn’t how Youtube works. It isn’t how Google works. It isn’t how Steemit works. On all those sites the content is ranked by voting. They are all democracies, while Cent is a market.
market <> democracy
If Cent does get as big as Reddit, then it’s going to be because a market is better than a democracy.
market > democracy
Cent’s success would show everybody in the world that spending is better than voting at ranking content. But what about governance?
Whether we’re talking about content or governance, it all boils down to ranking the options. If the market is the best system for ranking content options, then it must also be the best system for ranking governance options. It is impossible for a market’s collective intelligence/knowledge to be useful for ranking content options but useless for ranking governance options.
Currently, in terms of governance, Cent isn’t a democracy, it’s a dictatorship…
Regarding free speech, my previous post on Honest Cash was about freedom of expression and censorship focusing on J.S. Mill's arguments. In that post, I had mentioned Mill's Harm Principle and how a hate speech could be argued around the principle. In this post, I would like to make reference to Holocaust denial in the context of freedom of expression. The reason why I wanted to write about is a n...
Today on Twitter I saw that my buddy Koenfucius had sent me a DM…
Yo! Tried to comment to this, but that doesn’t seem to be possible: https://honest.cash/Xerographica/cognitive-diversity-1833/ …
Wouldn’t people adopt and maintain beliefs and theories that they think are useful by definition? I am not sure what a market in beliefs or theories would achieve over and above what we have now.
On Twitter I saw this tweet by Vlad Zamfir about his story on Medium… Against Szabo’s Law, For A New Crypto Legal System. He received a reply from Vitalik Buterin, who I replied to…
Regarding your point about bad changes…
And since then, one of the central principles behind my philosophy has been “Don’t destroy all existing systems and hope a planet-s...
Following link contains 717 Videos of the Repression lived in Catalonia by the Spanish Police in the Referendum of October 1, 2017.
Many people around the world already watched many of the videos and are ashamed about the Spanish Government hitting people in order to avoid voting (also ashamed about Europe letting this fascist behaviour).
By the way, more...
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 ...
Today, after reading his story, I emailed him…
I just read your article about how Metacritic's ranking system is better than Rotten Tomatoes' system. You're correct that preference intensity matters, but this is more reliably measured by spending than by voting.
There's a very new website where money can be used to rank content…
My first post there: Economics > Pot
On Honest Cash (HC) I follow AnarchoVegan, which is how I learned about this website. He posted about how he was chastised here for posting off-topic content.
The premise of this website, #Smoke, is that #voting is a good way to regulate content. But what if this premise is really terrible?
#Democracy is the reas...
Today I introduced the American Economic Association (AEA) to market social websites (MSWs).
It's wonderful that the AEA decided to create this forum, but I'm not so sure about the voting part. Right now the vast majority of social websites are democratic in nature. Members of these democratic social websites (DSWs) can vote for the content that match...
Reddit is a democratic website, so naturally my anti-democratic posts don't receive very many votes. Here's my latest post on Reddit… The Most Important Book
The most important book ever written is, by far, Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations. It doesn't cost anything to read.
A free book sure sounds like a great deal. But what happe...
My very first impression of Honest Cash was being disappointed that there weren't any posts on the homepage. I would have preferred to see the most valuable posts.
It’s helpful that there are links to the commonly used tags (aka “trending topics”), I think that I clicked on the art topic first. Naturally I wanted to see the most valuable art post, so I clicked on “Top”, but doing so kicked me ou...