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Archive for July 24th, 2008

First, we all can read the backgrounder on human rights history and technical definitions/explanations.

Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, is there anyone that can give a satisfying explanation for human rights and why we continue to insist on them as a thing unto themselves?

Define a human right? or just describe one.  Where does the right come from?  what authority do we appeal to?  How do you enforce the right?

Yes, I know poly sci and human rights activists and social scientists publish and shout endless on this subject, but… what’s there?  what’s the current summary.

I ask because almost every high impact political or military move appeals to some protection or enforcement of human rights.  I figure we all to agree on what we’re talking about.

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For anyone who has a VC pitch coming up, here are the slides you will generate (whether you need them, that’s a different question):

  1. Fancy “Splash Screen” Overview
  2. Bold Statement about Changing the Way We Think
  3. History of the Internet – explains how everything came to be, includes a timeline chart
  4. Elevator Pitch for new product/company, “This changes everything” or “This is the obvious evolution”
  5. Strategic Quadrant grid that shows how this new product/company sits in a “niche” all by itself – also must prove why that niche is at least a billion dollar industry
  6. Competitive overview that shows how every other company missed the obvious billion dollar industry play
  7. 3 screenshots of a product that can’t usually ever be built, usually using screen grabs from the competition
  8. Product differentiation statements focused on Ease of Use, Connect the World, New Ways of Doing X
  9. If product has traffic, chart of how traffic has always gone up and to the right (axis without numbers if numbers are small
  10. If product has no traffic, chart from comscore for other websites in this area (opportunity)
  11. Team slide featuring all previous big named employers with at least two people associated with ivy league schools (one member will have a physical sciences degree called out)
  12. Pro forma/budget that shows how $5 million in investment leads to $ 2million loss first year and then $2-5 million in profit after 36 months.  Includes line about organic traffic = 100%.

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The world is full (might even be the RESULT OF) of mental, logical or physical oscillations – which to me is a better phrasing for “paradox”.

Consider:

This sentence is false.

“Be spontaneous”

Wave-Particle properties

Optical illusions:

The bar is actually the same color throughout

The bar is actually the same color throughout

Behavior is controllable but unpredictable (similar to determined and unpredictable)

Behavioral Cognitive Neuroscience (which is it? what is it?)

Chicken or the Egg

Truthiness

Spencer Brown Forms

My conjecture:  The universe has far more of this oscillation than it has definitive statements.  It is the result of the physical reality that the universe is at the edge of order and chaos. It is determined and unpredictable.  A lot our math attempts to distill this edge into something manageable, tamable, but it’s impossible.

AND

If it were possible, then the universe, certainly as it is, wouldn’t exist.

For it is this edge of order and chaos that creates the struggle.  Very little nicely falls into place.  Matter and energy bounce around dynamically.  Species compete.  Markets go haywire.

It’s all like a puzzle where the pieces never quite fit.  There’s always something that falls outside of the puzzle, or pieces that morph trying to fit and so on.  As such the puzzle itself changes.

Ok, i’ll try to get away from metaphor and metaphysics.

In nature, selection by consequences, genetic drift, ecological competition all are forms of struggle.

In physics, motion of molecules, quantum effects,space-time, relativity all involve struggle (the struggle between frames of reference, energy transfer, measurement uncertainty, information transfer)

In human behavior, conditioning, value generation, behavior extinction, selection by consequences are all the struggle of competiting values, ratio strain and so on.

What If:

Evolution followed regular rules that were perfectly predictable.

Photons were just particles.

Humans only ever operated under absolute values and rules.

Where would change come from?  Without change, how would we observe anything?  (think about it, if nothing changes, what’s there to observe…)  Without anything to observe, no information transfers from thing to thing.  and so on.  Basically, you end up with nothing or something very simple that isn’t much more than nothing.

This post might be complete crap or it might not.

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