Autocatalytic sets

Autocatalytic sets are fundamental to the chemical and social evolution of life.

More background on this subject can be found here: The Single Theory That Could Explain Emergence, Organisation And The Origin of Life. The title of that article is overblown, but the idea of autocatalytic sets is important.

Consider that the evolution of life is not subject to the laws of physics. Or, stated another way, it cannot be reduced to the laws of physics. One reason this is so is advantageous adaptations cannot be predicted based on physical laws. The laws of physics, for example, have nothing of fundamental importance to say about how and why one group of humans can secure an evolutionary advantage over another group by learning to lie more effectively.

Semiotics, communicative signalling, and the autocatalytic evolution of social rules can say interesting things about lying and how it can and often does confer an advantage to one group over another.

FIML removes lying from communications between participating partners. FIML is also an autocatalytic system—it grows on itself by feeding better and better information back into itself. FIML starts with very small data points but quickly grows them into large sets that allow partners to say very interesting things about themselves, and others. A FIML basis for social and psychological understanding can and will replace static extrinsic bases if partners work at it.

I have a feeling that FIML, or something very much like it, will become a basis for social organization in the future when AI surpasses human intelligence. For now, FIML can be a basis for partners to create a more honest world for themselves. Notice that FIML does not use leaders to send you a static message and it does not tell you what to think or how to behave. This is because FIML is an autocatalytic system that you will grow with your partner.

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