The Whistling Girl

Jun 16, 19

In my neighborhood there's a girl who whistles when she walks. She's Hispanic, in her early 20s, always wears her hair in a single braid, and has a somewhat noticeable limp that doesn't slow her down.

I've never talked to her, or even said hi.

In the future though, when she whistle-walked past me, perhaps I'd check the Honest Cash (HC) app on my phone. There would be a "proximity" function that would display users sorted by distance from me. Chances are good that she would be at the top of the list.

I'd click on her profile and sort her bitvotes by value. I'd quickly see the one post that she values most. Then I'd filter her valuations by tags in order to see the book that she loves the most, and the musician that she loves the most, and the movie that she loves the most, and the restaurant that she loves the most, and so on.

In a relatively short amount of time I could easily see and know the things that are most important to her. Conversely, in a relatively short amount of time she could easily see and know the things that are most important to me.

Everybody would essentially wear their heart on their sleeve.

In the Bible Solomon said, "for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men."

In The Atlantic Harvey Cox said…

Omniscience can sometimes seem a bit intrusive. The traditional God of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer is invoked as one “unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid.” Like Him, The Market already knows the deepest secrets and darkest desires of our hearts — or at least would like to know them. But one suspects that divine motivation differs in these two cases. Clearly The Market wants this kind of x-ray omniscience because by probing our inmost fears and desires and then dispensing across-the-board solutions, it can further extend its reach. Like the gods of the past, whose priests offered up the fervent prayers and petitions of the people, The Market relies on its own intermediaries: motivational researchers. Trained in the advanced art of psychology, which has long since replaced theology as the true “science of the soul,” the modern heirs of the medieval confessors delve into the hidden fantasies, insecurities, and hopes of the populace. — Harvey Cox, The Market as God

Thanks to HC, we would all be far more omniscient than we currently are, which would allow us to see the $100 dollar bills that are strewn all over the ground like leaves in the fall.

In his most recent post Adrian shared some really great pictures of cats in Istanbul. He included a link to Reddit where TheDudiful wrote "Istanbul really is a gold mine for cat pictures".

How many different things could Adrian have taken pictures of in Istanbul? Many many many things. These things aren't equally valuable to us, some of them are way more valuable to us than others.

Wherever Adrian goes we naturally want him to take pictures of the most valuable things. If he goes to Taiwan we want him to know that the most valuable things to photograph are orchids growing on trees. His knowledge of our valuations will help him make decisions that are very valuable to us.

A big part of this depends on our ability to spend money on our own posts. My valuation of this story matters just as much as your valuation of it. I discussed this in my response about anarcho-capitalism.


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20 Jan 19 05:12

I agree. I think people should be allowed to spend their money on whatever they want, including upvoting their own posts. To me it would be like a form of censorship if that wasn't allowed.

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