Registered: Mar 2004
Firstly, I think it's fair to say that NKS already claims that it's all NKS, from the start. So any new areas of application are a good thing, because it's a pretty big claim to try and support.
That said, consider this: we're some people all trying to get along or what not and we want to have some system to facilitate us in doing some of these things e.g. politics or whatever.
The Big Claim, that is, the PCE, says that whatever system we can *possibly* come up with has got to be no more complex than any other system we could come up with for a number of things, or any system in nature, or any system at all.
We could be using some of the same organizing principles as are encoded in our DNA somewhere for something, or part of the same program that grows some plant, or makes some slug slug across the ground, or some bacteria multiply (yikes!), or some cellular automaton or some other simple program evolve what it evolves. The crucial insight being that each of these must be in some way like each other for the simple reason that the appear complex, and that any one of them are just as easy to understand as any other.
So as we may view the evolution of a political or simply social system, our ways of talking about it are going to be the same ones as with the simple programs, and especially the ones that behave in more or less the same way. At least that's what the claim implies.
I wonder if it would look like anything familiar.
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