Necessary Prerequisite

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If the top block is your goal, all the other blocks must be in place first.

One of the primary goals of the metaculture wiki is to provide the means for filling in the prerequisite knowledge required to fully understand all of its core concepts. Everyone comes with different educational backgrounds, religious and cultural perspectives. metaculture should meet people where they are, and provide a clear path to the top of the mountain.

The best way to read this wiki is to focus on the topics where you have the most questions or interest, watching the videos and following the external links until you understand them, and skim the ones that you are already familiar with to see if any new or interesting perspectives are presented.

With this goal in mind, the metaculture belief system has something for everyone.

In Education

In education, you must learn the fundamental concepts for a subject before you can learn the advanced theory. The fundamentals are a Necessary Prerequisite for understanding the higher-level classes.

In Societies

In order for societies to evolve, there are necessary prerequisites for each step. If you have ever played the game Civilization then this point is obvious. You must invent the wheel and tame horses before you can invent the chariots that will let you dominate the ancient era. Writing must be invented before mathematics, which is required for trade and navigation.

Civ 6 Tech Tree | Civ 6 Civics Tree

In Moral Development

The developmental systems proposed by Kohlberg and Maslow exemplify how the concept of educational progression and prerequisite knowledge applies to areas of personal development. If you want to obtain enlightenment then there are necessary steps you must follow. metaculture seeks to define those steps, with science.

Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development

Kohlberg's stages of moral development is an important concept to learn in order to understand how different people perceive ethical decision making. It comes up in many places on the metaculture wiki. It demonstrates how the building blocks of ethical knowledge and experience lead to a progressive expansion in our definition of ethics.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow's hierarchy of needs marks a similar path for personal growth, but focused on the satisfaction of our physical and emotional needs as prerequisites for spiritual and moral fulfillment. Before you can find love you must first find shelter. Before you can achieve self-actualization, you must have love. Each stage is a step towards enlightenment that rests on the foundation of the previous stage.

Critics have pointed out that the order of this progression is not consistently followed [1], but the concept is still important to understand. Basic needs should come first. If you are trying to increase happiness in a society, a focus on higher education and the arts will have less impact than solving food scarcity if people are starving. Mental health issues are much easier to solve when you don't live on the street or a single paycheck away from it.

It's a good way to understand the steps needed to get to enlightenment. Sure, the order of execution is not absolute, but the relative priorities are. It also demonstrates that you have to meet people where they are, fulfill the needs that are most pressing, and build on that infrastructure to achieve higher-level goals.

Psychological Off-Ramps for Magical Thinking

Using metaphor mapping allows supernatural, pseudoscientific, and other beliefs not based on reason to become connected to a science-based reality. This helps validate the emotional goal and connection to the belief rather than debunking, which is ineffective at persuasion.

The placebo effect is particularly useful for this, since most ritual-based healing techniques rely on the placebo effect for any efficacy that they do have.

The Fractal Tree of Knowledge

The Fractal Tree of Knowledge has significantly more explanatory power and less misogyny than the traditional apple-and-snake metaphor.

This section describes an example progression of reasoning (i.e. syllogism) employed by metaculture. Each new step in the logic chain can an be thought of as an iteration in the fractal tree of knowledge, because each one reveals a geometrically increasing number of corollary conclusions that expand the breadth of our ethical awareness.

On the Kohlberg scale, this is the equivalent to going from Stage 4 to Stage 6.

In this progression, we go from a fundamentalist religious perspective to a new generating equation based on universalism and the pursuit of happiness through scientific evidence. It does this by systematically filling in the gaps in knowledge and reasoning until the desired level of understanding is obtained and a new pattern of thought is adopted. It is persuasion through targeted education and apt allegory.

Similar paths can be constructed that start with other philosophical reference points, such as atheism or libertarianism. The eventual goal is to identify the key unique entry points based on the most common philosophical, political, and religious beliefs, and provide a customized curriculums that localize languages, cultural references, religious allegories, and rhetorical strategies to speak directly to the values and goals of each. This uses the wiki custom language function to code switch the entire philosophy to use the specific vernacular of the reader.

Understanding the nature of Literalism versus Allegory and how it applies to our interpretation of scripture is the first building block.
If religion is an allegory for something, what is that something? It must be the universe. And that is why the idea of god is universal.
If god is an allegory for the self-organizing universe, then the creation story must be an allegory for the big bang and evolution.
If god used evolution to create our brains and our emotions, then our ethics and morality must have been instilled in us by our survival instincts.
If happiness is the emotion we feel when do what our brains were designed to do (survive), then improving our quality of life must be the goal of life.
Therefore we should use all of the evidence at our disposal to create a society that maximizes happiness and well-being for all people. This is represented by multiple iterations as scientific evidence is gathered, applied, and updated into the future.

Prerequisite for Peace

metaculture is a necessary prerequisite for a united human future. It is the framework that enables cross-cultural understanding of our common goals. Only when all people are able to see all others as members of their in-group can we be truly unified. This is accomplished by creating a common scientific framework for understanding religious allegory in all forms, allowing members of any culture to see other cultures as analogous equals rather than heretics and heathens.

Why Do Some People Not Get Life?

We see so many people spreading hate, anger, and general bad karma everywhere in modern society. Those who understand that this negativity is hurting them much more than anyone else sometimes wonder what it is that these people fail to "get" about life. metaculture proposes that there are very specific, identifiable concepts that negative people fail to understand, and that learning these concepts can transform a person and make them an optimistic realist, who sees and seeks out the beauty and wonder of the universe, while still not losing sight of the real challenges life imposes.

The Dunning-Kruger Antiproliferation Movement

When it comes to understanding universal subjects like politics and religion, people with vastly different levels of subject matter expertise are expected to converse as peers. In order to understand ideas like universalism you must first have an understanding of the basic tenets of the major world religions and their commonalities. These are things that can be taught, but differences of opinion on these matters are not called out as the disparities in education that they truly are.

There are entirely too many people on social media giving opinions about things when they obviously haven't taken the prerequisite courses. They insert themselves into 300 level conversations about topics when they haven't passed the 101 course. Their ignorant opinions are often amplified by others with the same lack of expertise, on the basis that their arguments appeal to common sense or the values of their in-group. It has led to the mass-proliferation of misinformation via the Dunning-Kruger effect. Newsfeed promotion algorithms must be adjusted to prioritize experts, and trust in institutions must be restored so that expertise is not ignored or contradicted.

Our culture needs to develop a new taboo regarding the voicing of opinions on subjects which you have neither experience nor expertise. If you are just shooting your mouth off because you think you have to have an opinion about everything, or parroting something you heard but have no understanding of, then you need to sit down, shut up, and listen to the experts.

Is this statement ironic when presented on a wiki that gives an opinion on nearly everything? Perhaps. But in this case the consistent opinion given is to trust science and expertise rather than any particular conclusion drawn, which makes it different.

If you do participate in the conversation, remember to act like a student and not a teacher if you're not qualified to teach on the subject. By having well-understood and trusted standards for education and credentialing within all areas of specialization, and cultural norms that reinforce them, we can hopefully get to a place where our minds are consistently nourished by the finest information from the most knowledgeable subject matter experts.

This Is Necessary

Life feeds on life.

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