Objective Rationality

(Some philosophical ideas i worked on back when i was in high school. They were in part inspired by Nietzsche's 'Will To Power')

I have been developing this philosophy i call, “Objective Rationality”. It encompasses all my previous posts on rationality, and some posts I will make in the future, such as "Rational Selfishness".

If you have read some of my posts, you would realize that i prize rationality. That I look at it with utmost importance in any interaction. That I realize that our ability to rationalize at a high level, is the very thing that differentiates us from the other organisms of this planet. What i speak of is the applied definition of rationality, the act of making intentional, calculative decisions, the state of having complete control over your thoughts, and actions.

Here is a good website dedicated to the further application of rationality in our lives: http://rationality.org/

I also prize the objective, the truth. In my attempt to find truth, I could careless about your subjective views. If i point a loaded gun to your head, and pull the trigger, it matters not how much you subjectively believe bullets do not exist. Your gonna get a bullet in your head. This is the power of truth.

The truth is unaffected by yours, or anyone else's views. It needs no one to recognize it as true, to be, true.

The problem i have been tackling, is whether it is possible to have a goal that is not just a goal one subjectively desires.

I know it is possible to have a goal that is entirely irrational. But at the same time, i know it is possible to rationalize the best route to accomplish said goal. We do it all the time by trying to figure out the best way to accomplish a certain goal that we have, but the goal was entirely driven by instincts such as hunger, arousal, or anger.

So is it possible to have a goal that is objective?

A goal that is not subjective, not an opinion. This would mean that everyone has to have been following the goal, whether they know it or not, whether they want to or not.

I have come to the conclusion that yes, there is something that everyone follows, not just everyone, but every living thing. That something, is extropy, the opposite of entropy. The fact that every single living thing strives to reach a state of greater and greater complexity.

Here is a Ted Talk where Kevin Kelly talks more about extropy: http://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_kelly_tells_technology_s_epic_story

Another thing that all extropic forces strive to acquire, is power.

Power = control

Every single living thing strives toward control.

Control, is literally being able to control the movement of matter that makes up and surrounds your organization. 

You do not need a nervous system (brain) to control matter.

Cells control matter (albeit a small amount).

At one point, primitive mechanistic processes, was enough to suffice.

It allowed organisms to move and hold things at their will.

Yes survival is the goal of organisms, but the derivative of that goal is control. In order to survive, you must be able to physically control the matter around you, and the matter that forms you, to retain your organization.

One thing that greatly determines control, is your ability to perceive and understand, the world around you.

Hence the reason why humans have so much power.

The strive for control (power) is deeply ingrained in our very nature.

Not by instinct, but by simple process, by what we are, by the fact that we are life, An ever advancing extropic force.

Everyone strives for control, Everyone, even a person who says they do not want control, wants at least enough control over matter, to say those very words. 

The strive for power, is an inescapable, inherent function of life, and possibly all extropic forces if there exists extropic forces outside of life. Though extropy could be an appropriate, if not the only appropriate definition for life. (If so, this would mean that stars are "alive" as we'll, i might write another blog post on that later)

Advancing such, is simply what life has always been trying to do since its fruition.

http://www.businessinsider.com/groundbreaking-idea-of-lifes-origin-2014-12 Here is another article titled "This physicist has a ground breaking idea about why life exists" adding more evidence to back up my reasoning. 

This strive towards control is even shown in Alex wissner-gross's equation for intelligence.


This link will take you to his Ted Talk. Its about a new equation for intelligence, and for the first time, provides a solid definition as to what intelligence really is. 

The definition is something along the lines of: Intelligence is Behavior a system that tends to maximize the possible future states of that system.

It is essentially saying, that intelligence not just tries, but is the process of acquiring as much control of a situation as possible.

What is also an interesting prospect, is that it actually might be possible to use this equation to calculate what our next course of action should be. Imagine a government, not ruled by a human, but by an equation. Its truly awe-inspiring.

Life is a system that keeps growing in complexity. From prokaryotic cells, to eukaryotic cells, to multi-cellular organisms. 

What's even more interesting, is that this self evolving extropic system. Has recently created an organism that no longer has to change itself to fit its environment, but through the use of tools can change the environment, to fit itself. Which has begun another evolution. Technological evolution. And as such, another form of extropy.

And last, to top it all off. What do you notice as humans advance in technology? We gain more control of our environments, we gain, more power.

'When we have ascertained, by means of science, the method of Nature's operations, we shall be able to take her place and perform them for ourselves...Finally, men will master the forces of Nature; they will become themselves architects of systems, manufacturers of worlds.' - Winwood Reade, THE MARTYRDOM OF MAN, 1872

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