Special Series » The Thirty Theses
See “The Future of the Thirty” for what’s currently going on with the Thirty Theses.
- Diversity is the primary good.
- Evolution is the result of diversity.
- Humans are products of evolution.
- Human population is a function of food supply.
- Humans are neither good nor evil.
- Humans are still Pleistocene animals.
- Humans are best adapted to band life.
- Human societies are defined by their food.
- Agriculture is difficult, dangerous and unhealthy.
- Emergent elites led the Agricultural Revolution.
- Hierarchy is an unnecessary evil.
- Civilization must always grow.
- Civilization always pursues complexity.
- Complexity is subject to diminishing returns.
- We have passed the point of diminishing returns.
- Technology cannot stop collapse.
- Environmental problems may lead to collapse.
- Peak Oil may lead to collapse.
- Complexity ensures collapse.
- Collapse is an economizing process.
- Civilization makes us sick.
- Civilization has no monopoly on medicine.
- Civilization has no monopoly on knowledge.
- Civilization has no monopoly on art.
- Civilization reduces quality of life.
- Collapse is inevitable.
- Collapse increases quality of life.
- Humanity will almost certainly survive.
- It will be impossible to rebuild civilization.
- The future will be what we make of it.
What are these?
We all have basic assumptions about the world, human nature, and the relationship between the two. We are taught certain perspectives as children, and this recieved wisdom forms the common ground for communication. Ultimately, when we see the whole picture, our major disagreements are squabbles over details. Should gays be allowed to marry? We assume here a common understanding of what “marriage” means. Should we raise or lower taxes? We assume the legitimacy of government, and of taxes at all!
What happens when the disagreement occurs at an even more basic level? Like, whether or not our civilization is even a good thing?
The case is complex, but in truth no more complex than our “common ground” of unexamined, recieved wisdom. In many cases, it is much less complex. But it is different. Since forming these ideas, I have faced an increasing obstacle in communication. Unspoken, differing assumptions force me routinely to return to the same arguments again and again. So I resolved some time ago to crystalize my philosophy into a single, comprehensive work, which could from a base for further communication.
There have been several failed attempts at this, the most recent being “The Anthropik Canon.” The Thirty Theses recycles much of my previous work, but extends and elaborates on all of it, as well. This is my latest attempt to develop a comprehensive treatment of my core philosophy, reduced to thirty pronouncements which I individually defend.
You are also watching the writing of an “open source” book in real time. These will become the rough drafts to a final book version that will be published by the Tribe of Anthropik and distributed online, including through this website. Your comments, criticisms and questions about these entries will be addressed and incorporated into the final work.
Technoshaman, Tribe of Anthropik
28 July 2005