Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Thirty Theses

Jason Godesky of Anthropik has recently published a pair of excellent articles, one on diversity and the other on property. There is a lot worth reading at anthropik.com, but it is exciting to see that Jason has begun to integrate all of his thinking into a larger work, The Thirty Theses.

The titles of the 30 theses suggest that this will be an important work, so I have included it in my "Required Reading" list in anticipation of its completion. Here are the theses:

1. Diversity is the primary good.
2. Evolution is the result of diversity.
3. Humans are products of evolution.
4. Human population is a function of food supply.
5. Humans are neither good nor evil.
6. Humans are still Pleistocene animals.
7. Humans are best adapted to band life.
8. Human societies are defined by their food.
9. Agriculture is difficult, dangerous and unhealthy.
10. Emergent elites led the Agricultural Revolution.
11. Hierarchy is an unnecessary evil.
12. Agriculture and hierarchy need one another.
13. Civilization must always grow.
14. Civilization provides only the illusion of security.
15. We are currently fueling a mass extinction.
16. War as we know it is a result of civilization.
17. Civilization makes us sick.
18. The essence of civilization is coercion.
19. Civilization has no monopoly on art.
20. Civilization has no monopoly on science.
21. Civilization has no monopoly on medicine.
22. Peak Oil may lead our civilization to collapse.
23. Global warming may lead our civilization to collapse.
24. Complexity ensures our civilization’s collapse.
25. Civilization is running out of multi-dimensional “space.”
26. Collapse is now inevitable.
27. Collapse may not be the worst possibility.
28. It is possible for any individual to survive the collapse.
29. It will be impossible to rebuild civilization.
30. Humanity will survive, and even flourish.


Devin said...

The only one of these I have a problem with is #29, which he and I are currently debating there. But other than that, I mostly agree with all of these. We'll allow him the "Thirty Theses" (and the pretense that he is going to be a Martin Luther) for now. :)

Also, in case you hadn't seen it, Jason had already begun to integrate his thinking into a larger work, with the Anthropik Canon.

Just curious, Jeff, what are you working on now? You finished your book a while ago, is there any big project for you at the moment? (And how does your vision of the future -- rhizome -- fit into your own life?) Maybe you could do a blog post about what you've been working on, I'd be really interested.


Jason Godesky said...

Criminey! I was thinking it'd fly under the radar till I got to at least #10 or so!

I'm glad you caught my Luther reference, and while I'm given to the occasional fit of self-important grand-standing, at least I have the perspective to imagine myself no more than one third the great theologian's stature.

Jason Godesky said...

Oh, and I should have mentioned this as well. The Anthropik Canon has been relegated now to little more than a rough draft for some of the early theses. You're watching the composition of my first book, in real time, in public. Once all are done, I'll brush each of them up based on comments I recieve and prepare them for a self-published volume I'll be distributing through the website.

But first things first. One down, twenty-nine to go. :)