Ted Vollers wrote:
I think that it is appropriate to insert again Tom's clear statement of what anti rats are about. I will insert from MBT
rather than simply state it so that it is clear that they are Tom's words and not an interpretation of mine.
It should also be kept in mind that when lowering entropy is discussed, that entropy is fundamentally a measure of disorder. The 'total control of self' sought by an anti rat is clearly a matter of reducing internal disorder and thus of reducing entropy. Their efforts at external control do not lower the entropy of the Consciousness System. These expressions of external control are merely an expression of their Intent exerted externally as well as internally. Thus it appears to me.
While entropy may be accurately used in this way, I would put forward that in the context of how Tom generally uses the word, in spite of the cited example, entropy should generally be reserved for, or default to, "entropy of the consciousness system", in the sense of entropy reduction=becoming love, big picture/science wise, to mitigate confusion.
A better and clearer word, that does not require qualification, would be (PMR/little picture/science) effectiveness, for this exceptional usage of PMR entropy reduction.
lets consider the syntropic (entropy reduction) cycle:
it could be rephrased as
[PMR] ->decision->action->result->feedback->effectiveness [PMR syntropy]
as intent is all that really matters for increasing QoC...you may be completely incompetent regarding translating an intent into a decision, or a decision into an action, or an action into a result, or interpreting a result into a value...all that follows forming intent is secondary
however, though effectiveness is secondary, it is non-trivial, and at some point, effectiveness becomes an issue of intent itself - effectiveness is your power to translate intent into results in PMR
at the highest levels, by way of example, this would be the lone voice at the governmental Cabinet or corporate table who speaks up for justice or the greater good...now this is beyond politically-correct knee-jerk bleeding-heart liberalism...
what we are talking about is a voice that not only draws on low entropy (big picturewise), but as well accurately perceives the machinery and incentives of PMR, in all of its dimensions, and pushes decision-making in a direction that will actually yield the result imagined, in consideration of short, medium and longer term, ultimately for the purpose of maintaining the effectiveness of the PMR lab for learning.