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Welcome to the metaculture wiki!

metaculture attempts to describe the emergent properties of a universal belief system based on empirical knowledge of our universe, our minds and humanity's shared culture.

When fully developed, metaculture will provide:

metaculture is a dynamic philosophy, growing and improving with humanity's ability to more accurately describe the universe. It collects into a single narrative structure what, to the best of our knowledge, science has to say about how our universe came to be, how it works, how our minds work, and how we should live our lives and construct our society to achieve constantly improving outcomes.

While some corporate ethics involve pithy slogans like "don't be evil" that sound good but do little to help resolve modern moral dilemmas, Meta Enterprises is directly addressing the problem of evil by developing a universal ethical philosophy that resolves the conflict between science and religion.

While it was originally developed and hosted by Meta Enterprises, metaculture is not meant to represent the opinions or perspective of any individual, organization or ideology. Rather it is an attempt to describe the unwritten belief system that a growing number of secular universalists arrive at on their own each day. The components have been written about extensively but separately. The metaculture project seeks to weave this common collection of ideas into a single narrative structure, allowing it to be easily understood, recognized and taught to others. It is a necessary prerequisite for the building of secular institutions that bring people together in celebration of these common goals.

The core philosophical tenets of metaculture are:

  • Scientific Realism: that an objective reality exists and advances in science improve the accuracy of our understanding of that reality. The metaphysical, ontological and epistemological assumptions of metaculture are the same as those that underlie modern Scientific Realism.
  • Utilitarianism: that the success of our ethics can be measured and improved based on the impact it has on human emotions. Furthermore, the assumed goal of utilitarianism (happiness and well-being) can be derived empirically from evolutionary psychology.
  • Fractal Aesthetics: that our sense of beauty derives from our evolved mental representations of the universe, and because the universe is inherently self-similar, complex and symmetrical, we find beauty in that which exemplifies these things.
  • That any principle describe herein, including these core tenets, is subject to future revision should empirical evidence contradict it.

When fully grokked, metaculture should convey all of the psychological and sociological benefits traditionally ascribed to religion without any reliance on supernatural beliefs. This include social cohesion, psychological support, personal meaning, positive social change, a good creation story and psychologically satisfying answers to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything. (ref)

The wiki format was chosen to allow ongoing updates based on the latest widely accepted research, contributions from many people with different perspectives on the common goal, non-linear reading order, and direct links to detailed descriptions and research on any subject that the reader is unfamiliar with.