Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Best of imperfect worlds.
Lev somewhat dissatisfied with his previous cosmic project, decided to embark on a more careful enterprise of world creation, and turn down the perfection parameter from maximum. This time he decided to play with the parameters of fundamental values, and observe how they'd influence the hedonistic dynamics. The idea was to run a simulation where hugs are set as having principal value, and consequently become the sought after currency -- in other words, hugs in that world were to be the sole wealth determinant. But in what sense 'hugs'? -- one may ask. Receiving them of course! And naturally they'd have to be of genuine sincerity; neither bought nor forced in any way. That is, hugs have value only if they're sincere and welcomed. But then how does one accumulate such wealth, given that hugs are such ephemeral phenomena? Surely, one can't be in possession of a great number of hugs. The only way one can accumulate wealth of this kind, that is, become a prosperous hugee, is to guarantee and maintain the existence of those willing to give those hugs, i.e. huggers (aka ready-to-hug beings). In other words, one can attain a high flux of hugs, and wealth would be interpreted as maintaining a high hug-flux. This can be done in many ways of course, and Lev calibrated the simulation with no limit on the degrees of freedom concerning valid hug-acquisition. Naturally those who attain the ability to reach and maintain a high hug-flux steady state, aka hugagogues are sought after as raw models for guidance, whose wisdom would guarantee the attainment of wealth in that world. Lev has hypothesized that such a world would be among those that are the closest to being perfect without giving rise to any absurd consequences, which inevitably accompany perfection.