The Particle Accelerator Metaphor
I just have to explain about mismatch.
The image I have in mind is an electron accellerator: a series of polished copper drift tubes in a long evacuated cylinder. Alternate tubes are connected to high frequency rado wave sources of opposite phase, so the gap between tubes has a high electrostatic field. An electron passing down the central cavity is pulled forward by this field, then is shielded from the reverse field by the drift tube, down which the electron drifts, emeging into the next gap just in time to catch the next accellerating field.
Thus an electron feels a series of forward pulls, instead of an alternating forward and backward field that would only make it oscillate backwards and forwards, making no steady progress.
And that is a silly one dimensional analogy for something much more complicated, a successful human life.
A person can enter a social structure that will provide shielding from retrograde forces, but full exposure to anything uplifting and inspiring. Or they can be left at the mercy of whatever winds are blowing.
The electron accellerator metaphor provides a balancing, alternate, and corrective view of human life — balancing the sailboat metaphor .
The metaphor of a human being as a sailboat, able to make steady progress in any chosen direction, as long as there is some wind blowing, from somewhere, has too much free-will in it to make it an accurate picture of human existance. Yes, to some extent people have free will, but they should not be seen only as sailboats, on a structure-less ocean. Human beings live in a society, in a social structure, and their free-will is very much constrained by that structure.
But the electron accellerator metaphor does provide an illustration of how a social structure can encourage a person to make steady forward progress, in spite of the presence of alternating fields of force.
The important thing is that the structure has to be matched to the individual particle. A heavier particle would not be accellerated enough to clear the gap before the field reversed; a lighter particle would be accellerated too much, and pass through the drift tube into the next gap while that field was still retrograde.
So much of our lives is spent in wrong social situations where we are like a particle that is too heavy, or too light, to experience the intended steady accelleration. Many people spend almost all their lives in a condition of severe mismatch to their social environment, and thus make no progress, experience no success. Others are matched to their social environment for a while, and gain a bit of momentum during that time. Only a few are able to stay properly matched to their environment and experience the joys of steady progress and personal improvement.
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The main Social Technology page.
Find Compatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained
Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology
Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes. I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.
Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :
Social Technology the main blog, hosted on this site, with posts imported from the following blogger.com blogs, which still exist and are useable.
Find Compatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.
Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.
Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation. Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.
I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology — years before the Web existed.
Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic. Now things are different. There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google. Oh, well.
By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society. The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of Find Compatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.
As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years. We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century. By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.
In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture. How things have changed since then in agricultural technology. But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.
I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable. I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages. The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day. Maybe. The topic is still not interesting to most people. I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.
This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date. They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not. There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites. I’ve tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed. One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.
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