Isn’t that nuts? If contracts come from game theory and the Golden Rule comes from the Prisoner’s Dilemma, then our freedom and our rights come from evolution. How?
Evolution is about search in high dimensions. To search in high dimensions you need random strategies. You have to pick random points and see how they work out. If one works, you use that point to search from.
In a human society, everyone copies what seems to work. Then some genius searches some place else, and finds something, and everyone flocks around him. This is random search. To make this work you need the right to search and the freedom to go in different directions. You also need property rights, like patent, trademark, and copyright to reward those who try a different direction.
In politics, you need freedom of speech so that different directions for society can be tried out in thought experiments before being tried in practice. This was also the idea of states before the Lincoln War. States were the laboratory of democracy.
Lincoln closed the lab part way and liberalism did the rest in the 1964 Civil Rights Act and other testaments against freedom of association, another part of optimal search. You need freedom to associate, and not associate, to search out optimal combinations.
Canada’s Stifle Steyn Commission is an example of why we need free speech. Canada has the idea: Brings lots of Muslims and accede to their ways. Steyn says that’s dumb or he says enough and Lawrence Auster says its stupid and don’t do it, i.e. stop Muslim immigration. We need that freedom to stop stupid ideas before they stop us. Muslim immigration: dumb idea. How do we stop it: free speech. We need to be able to say like Virgil Goode did, stop all Muslim immigration.
==More on Prisoner’s Dilemma
In prisoner’s dilemma, two prisoners can both do better by cooperating together. But they can’t monitor performance or penalize cheating. Each does best by choosing to cheat so they both end up losing out.
Evolution solves that by golden rule molecules. We are coded to cooperate even when we can’t efficiently reward cooperation and punish cheating. We have Golden Rule molecules in our brains. (Those molecules must have been left out of Henry Kravis.)
However, over time, behavior does adjust. We also have cheating molecules (Which did make it into Henry K.) and we have outrage at being cheated molecules. These showed up at the Stop Senate Shamnesty call in. But they seem to be in short supply.
Each of these behaviors plays a role and each has molecules or brain structure to implement them. They have to balance each other and adapt partially to conditions. They also are meant not to fully adapt to conditions. So people cooperate even where they may cooperate to extinction, e.g. immigration. But some recognize the injustice and want all legal immigration to stop.
If we have freedom of speech, we can debate this to stop the wrong choice, extinction by immigration. If we have Tony Blair Commissions then we don’t have freedom of speech. This gets worse as Muslims become greater in number. Stopping the wrong choice gets harder as our speech is limited. Immigration has pushed PC to new heights to stop the rational reaction to immigration which is speech to stop all of it.
Wright Island Model Sustained Immigration is genetic replacement immigration.
“We investigated various cases of the island model with stochastic migration. If the population is infinite, the immigrants have a fixed gene frequency and the alleles are neutral, the gene frequency on the island converges to that of the immigrants.”
Genetics. 1979 January; 91(1): 163–176.
The Island Model with Stochastic Migration
Department of Biophysics and Theoretical Biology, The University of Chicago, 920 East 58th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637
As pointed out in a previous post:
The theorem doesn’t say you get a mixture of old and new. The theorem says you get complete replacement of the old by the new. The old goes extinct. This is pure genetic replacement. It doesn’t matter if there is an intermediate mixture or not. Over time, the initial stock is replaced completely. Promises of a mixture are false.