This blog has a single purpose, being exposition of the Resource-Patterns Model of Life.
One-paragraph summary of the Resource-Patterns Model of Life (RPM)
We humans (and other living things) live in a universe in which the resources we need to survive are distributed in patterns — with some patterns being large or intricate so that we can exploit the patterns only through cooperation. Rules which enable such resource-pattern-dictated cooperation may be difficult to discover, and may be "discovered" spontaneously without anyone being conscious of the resource pattern being exploited. Resource patterns which may enable expansion of human life in centuries ahead may lie beyond the present range of human perception, as the resource patterns which enable the present level of human life were unknown in the 18th century. When cooperation succeeds and becomes a regular thing, the cooperating organizations become, in degrees, larger forms of life, as is commonly accepted by life-scientists. But the implications of RPM for social science remain largely unknown. These implications pertain to economics and psychology, affecting both individuals and groups. If we assume Darwinian survival has influenced our dispositions for both individual and group thinking, these dispositions derive in large part from necessity to discover resource patterns.
Work in this model may create a large scientific advance. This is a paradigm shift.
Book in ProgressOn this blog I am posting draft chapters for a book. I am also posting notes and essays which may fold into the book. Here is an outline of the book.
Chapter 1 will contain material such as these two posts from 2014: May 16, May 23. Chapter 2 will contain such as these (also 2014): May 17, August 17, September 6, and December 23. Here are drafts of: Chapter 3, Chapter 4, and Chapter 5.
For a new reader the most understandable order may be to start at the beginning (May 16, 2014). Unfortunately this is opposite the order displayed in a blog which places the most recent work at the top.
Papers which Survey RPMI have described this model before on a few occasions. Notably:
- In 1998, I published An Engineer's View of Morality Set in a Model of Life. That paper presents most of RPM in broad form. But it was written to reach a subset of libertarians; as such it makes assumptions which may be untenable for a general reader.
- In March 2015, I presented Cooperation Encouraged by Resource Patterns in the Austrian Economics Forum at North Carolina State University.