This blog has a single purpose, being exposition of the Resource-Patterns Model of Life (RPM).
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. We find explanation for group biases.
Work in this model may be part of 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. Here are drafts of: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, and Chapter 7.
Order of Posts in this BlogFor a new reader trying to understand RPM, the most understandable order in which to read the posts may be to start at the beginning (May 16, 2014). Unfortunately, for such a new reader, a blog displays the most recent posts at the top, which is opposite the order of reading which I suggest. Extra effort must be invested to find and read the early posts in chronological order.
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.