Does without regard for others imply harm being done? I would say not; It's simply not focusing on others, right?....Does disregarding others imply a negative or does it again only imply a lack of focus on others while you pursue something for yourself? That is my train of thought.
I think I understand where the problem is. The concepts covered in MBT regarding consciousness evolution are quite specific in that what is "good" is that which lowers the overall entropy of the system. Selfishness, in general, does not tend to produce "good" results. In biological systems, selfishness is part of the propagation and survival of species, and so is not good or bad - it simply is - but biological systems are competitive and so the most selfish (or winner) can cause self-destruction, or widespread collapse because the selfish drive does not strive for systemic success.
Selfishness is harmful in that it is less efficient (it's going to be less efficient by definition because the evolution of consciousness occurs in a system without resource limits, without external environmental constraints, and is intentional) for the evolution of an apparently infinite system towards lower disorder. Selfishness will always result in a worse outcome, in this case; this is why AUM created little discrete bits of itself to interact with one another; not so that they could compete; so they would interact and learn to cooperate for ever greater levels of efficiency. This is why we are individuated, in the first place - overcoming selfishness creates lots of progress.
Entropy is not a resource like energy, food, or money - just wanted to say that.
At this point, I am wondering what you think are the positive characteristics of selfishness and why you want it to be acceptable within your world-view or why it is interesting enough to put this much thought into. Why is it good and what is its allure?
I think you are still missing my intent. I simply think that the concept of selfish is a neutral one, and that most people seem to lump a negative intent with the word selfish before realizing that. I would argue that when dealing with consciousness selfishness does produce good results, for it is the nature of consciousness to lower it's own entropy, and the way it does that is selfish in nature(whether consciousness is all that there is or not). I would say that you can act in a selfish manner without others being involved. For example, I look both ways before crossing the street so that I don't get hit by a car. In that scenario I am being selfish in a way that doesn't affect others. I am going to have to disagree that selfishness is less efficient in general. I would agree if you said that selfishness is less efficient when done at the expense of other IUOCs, but if you are selfish in a positive way like helping other IUOCs then it would be the most efficient route to personal gain.
Where has Tom said that AUM created IUOCs to overcome selfishness? You said, "overcoming selfishness creates lots of progress." Progress towards what kind of goal, a selfish one maybe? I think of IUOCs overcoming selfishness to create progress as merely being selfish in a more efficient way. For example, Love is the most efficient means to the goal of growth or lower entropy. The nature of lowering entropy is selfish...ext.