posted on Aug, 1 2011 @ 03:44 AM
Thank you everyone for an amazing website that I've been consuming for quite a few months now. I arrived looking for interesting UFO videos, I stayed
for the high quality unusual nonconformist information (and the odd hilarious not-that-high quality ones).
I finally have something interesting to share on the Social Issues forum, and get sent here because I haven't posted anything before. So its
introduction time I suppose.
Hi. My name is Anton. I live in Johannesburg, South Africa.I have an electronic engineering degree, 16 years of experience in starting and running
successful Open Source focused software companies, currently writing web applications based on Drupal.
I grew up in a family where some level of telepathy/PK almost seemed the norm (you do not play Risk against my brother, once when I had a car accident
the phone rang about 10 seconds after with him asking if I'm OK). At the same time, engineering has instilled in me the assumption that anything can
be explained and utilised if you investigate it carefully. So my default assumption is that there is a rational explanation for everything, just
don't assume you know everything yet.
Another useful maxim I've found is: Do not ascribe to maliciousness that which can be adequately explained by incompetence.
My personal reading interests are very wide, meandering through computation and AI, consciousness studies, history, religion/spirituality,
biology/ecology and lately economics and developmental models (personal and cultural) with the most recent books Ken Wilber's "A brief history of
everything (revised)" and Christopher Grey's "The Acid Diaries". Fascinating books, especially if read together.
An area of specific interest to me is how do we design a better "operating system" for our economies as the current model is clearly broken. I'm
starting to suspect that we need a major step in the technology of value and trade to represent the information complexity of the developmental level
of our culture/society. Optimizing for this thing called "money" is a one-dimensional measure that is prone to local optimization. Maybe we need a 2
(or more) dimensional system of value representation?
Anyways, this should be enough of an introduction.