Why Castpoints? Problem, Solution: Theory, Metaphor And Overview

Challenges CP addresses

  • People often don’t own their content
  • Internet has no organization
  • Information overwhelm
  • Difficult to know the value of things
  • Current legal systems are insane
  • Difficult to know how things are relate.
  • Correcting information is challenging
  • Hard to generate income from posting value
  • Holding people accountable is challenging
  • Censorship, manipulation, propaganda, fake ratings
  • No simple and effective way to screen things for children
  • Can’t easily buy and or protect copyrighted material
  • People be crazy. — Porter Stansberry

Chaos theory suggests that a complex system’s behavior is highly sensitive to initial conditions and slight changes of those conditions.The current dominant cosmology theory of a big bang suggests that the universe was born from a singularity, where “many laws of physics break down” and there is no specified origin for the singularity itself. In other words, the genesis of the universe is currently the belief that, “Many things are the way they are because we say so.” This manifests as the belief of “divine right of kings.”

The universe appears to be iterative with simple rules according to Stephan Wolfram and others. So a major iteration of the big bang theory is watered down to produce “Natural Law”, Natural “rights”, and government in an effort to reconcile a divine right of kings belief with reality. This does not really work, yet many more laws and regulations are iteratively created attempting to force harmony. Finally society can’t withstand the economic burden of the cognitive dissonance, and “fails”. Although the new society has vitality because it’s focus is on what works out of necessity (needing to get commerce going again quickly), it’s still hobbled from the core belief of royal absolutism and will one day “fail”, again.

An alternative cosmology, Null Physics, suggests that in the beginning there was literally nothing, a void. If a bit of that nothing was removed, well, now there is something! Specifically there is a separation between things, but if put all together again, the “equation” sums to zero. This can translate into the universe’s initial conditions of, “Things are the way they are due to separation, each bit/relationship is unique compared to every other bit/relationship, and not only is that okay, it’s fun! But it is not special.”

The genesis of trouble is constantly mal-investing to prove that separation has some type of “special” meaning, rather than the RELAXED state of noticing that “separation” just means “difference”.

Iteration produces a separation that not only denotes “this” and “not this” but also mediates interactions between both. This is the basis for almost all biology as currently defined: the semi permeable cell membrane. Not considering viruses, etc., the next main complete and successful system is the cell. Cells are the main functional unit of most biomass on Earth. The reason Castpoints works, is because it mimics the cellular purpose, structure, relationships, communications, and resiliency in a fractal way: A physically healthy cell has strong boundaries. A psychologically healthy person has strong boundaries. A strong building has a strong foundation which is the boundary between the building and the ground, etc.

Cells naturally and immediately excrete what they do not need anymore. If they don’t, they get toxic. Philosophically, suffering (not pain) is caused by not relaxing and holding on to things that no longer have value. Metaphorically, grabbing a rose and getting pricked by a thorn is pain. Clenching onto the stem and thorn is suffering. Relaxing and letting the rose go is healing.

Castpoints fixes that by securitizing everything, stewarding trade based on the common denominator of value with minimal trading barriers (friction), and quickly letting go of what no longer serves specific individuals.

There is a heavy focus on intrinsic motivations. Extrinsic motivations, like money, are not necessarily used to motivate people, rather to allow comparison of things that are hard to compare.

CP specifically employs antifragile concepts so that emergencies and weird things are not handled by exception (which indicates an incomplete system), rather they help drive the system toward more value.

Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile. Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better. — Taleb Nissim

Structure and hierarchy
Responsibility, accountability, and roles are formally organized and based loosely on the standard Incident Command System. Participating in a structure means that people make agreements that include amends. For starters, people “agree to do all they say they will do, and not infringe on others or others property”. Agreements tend to be short and clear, or else people will go elsewhere. Who wants to read legaleze on a cell phone when money is on the line?

The hierarchy tree can expand and contract rapidly. Basically after about 6 people are added to a role, it’s often time to bud another role. These roles are dynamically defined and managed by those who use them most which dramatically reduces information overload. A person can be part of many roles and events: Their neighborhood, school, local community, multiple friend / interest based groups, etc. People have a places to belong.

“Nature bats last.” CP structure is created as a byproduct of what people are doing, and trying to do. Nobody has to design a company organization chart; the action of members create the chart. Theoretically:

Any organization that designs a system (defined more broadly here than just information systems) will inevitably produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure.Neil Schulman’s 10th of June post may also be alluding to Conway’s Law

Ownership is power; agreement is power (win-win). Laws are force (win-lose; lose-lose).
Humpty Dumpty said, “… And if you take 1 from 365 what remains?”
Alice said, “364, of course.”
Humpty Dumpty looked doubtful. “I’d rather see that done on paper,” he said.
Alice couldn’t help smiling as she took out her memorandum book, and worked the sum for him: 365 – 1 = 364. Humpty Dumpty took the book and looked at it carefully. “That seems to be done right –” he began.
“You’re holding it upside down!” Alice interrupted.
“To be sure I was!” Humpty Dumpty said gaily as she turned it round for him. “I thought it looked a little queer. As I was saying, that SEEMS to be done right — though I haven’t time to look it over thoroughly just now — and that shows that there are 364 days when you might get un-birthday presents –”
“Certainly,” said Alice.
“And only ONE for birthday presents, you know. There’s glory for you!”
“I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory’,” Alice said.
“Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t — till I tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’”
“But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument’,” Alice objected.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you CAN make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be MASTER — that’s all.”

Free Market Principle Fancy Term Nature’s Analog Notes
Value Resources Joule, Light, calories Digital content, goods, services
Skin in the game Capital at risk Direct participation It’s just hot air until someone puts their money where their mouth is.
Private property Node Cell’s, tissues, organs People’s blogs, forums, and websites. Everyone is their own profit center, and owns and manages their own reputation.
Low entry barriers, structure, contracts Connections Roots, relationships Groups of nodes are related by formal role based contractual hierarchal networks. Everything is connected. Cells, tissues, organs, organisms.
Money Value units Hemoglobin, chlorophyl Effective allocation of resources uses an abstracted, and likely scarce, resource that everyone finds value in. Default units are shares of stock and Joules. But anything can be used.
Transactions based on supply and demand at a specific price. Evolution Life, movement Based on agreement, not force. Since decisions are not based on politics, mal-investment is minimized .
Subsidiarity, Transparency, Verification, conflict resolution Feedback loops, reputation Teeth, claws Management by the smallest, lowest, and or least centralized authority capable of doing things well, support the balance of privacy and transparency. Hormones.
Fullfilment Sanity Be-ing If people offer projections, illusions, and unfinished traumas, the feedback will likely be less money and positive suggestions. If people don’t know their value, they can iteratively, at a small level of risk in a supportive environment, experiment. When people start to offer their unique value, they will feel good, make money and receive complements.
Devaluing Death Excretion, decomposition Adaptability partly comes from the ability to have assets handy in order to allocate allocate them quickly. Some assets tied to the past help provied reference points and support. But it’s also very supportive to recycle that wich is no longer useful back to resources that can be used to build things in hte present.
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