Thursday, November 16, 2017

Welcome to The Polymath

The Polymath will be a general weekly PDF magazine publishing analysis and commentary at the highest level of intellectual sophistication.
The Editorial Policy is simple.  We are non-partisan, placing rigorous analysis above ideology.  We aggressively guard against confirmation bias.  We publish articles whose conclusions are contrary to what is published in the more partisan publications, since there is little use in restating what has already been stated.
Of course, no publication can be completely free of ideological perspective.  However, we assert that within the Liberal and Conservative communities as well as outside of either, there are several visions that deserve to be manifested in sovereign communities.  Therefore, we favor none of them but favor the devolution of large Industrial Age nation states into many values based Microstates.
We believe that no person should be required to live under a body of laws, programs and policies that they consider fundamentally unjust.  Therefore, we believe the only universal ethical principle is the right to move freely to the community of their choice.
We are offering several sample articles to assist you in deciding if you are interested in subscribing.  Our projected launch date is April, 2018.  However, we will publish more sample articles before then.
Sample Articles
The Inappropriately Excluded
The probability of entering and remaining in an intellectually elite profession such as Physician, Judge, Professor, Scientist, Corporate Executive, etc. increases with IQ to about 133.  It then falls about 1/3 by 140.  By 150 IQ the probability has fallen by 97%!  In other words, a significant percentage of people with IQs over 140 are being systematically and, most likely inappropriately, excluded from the population that addresses the biggest problems of our time or who are responsible for assuring the efficient operation of social, scientific, political and economic institutions.  This benefits neither the excluded group nor society in general. For society, it is a horrendous waste of a very valuable resource.  For the high IQ person it is a personal tragedy, commonly resulting in unrealized social, educational and productive potential.

The very limited research that has been done on this phenomenon has focused on possible flaws in high IQ people that might explain the exclusion.  In order to be explanatory, the flaw would need to increase with IQ.  However, the evidence that exists suggests that it is not the result of of a compensatory flow, but rather the result of inappropriate educational and productive environments within which the high IQ person must strive to succeed. Consequently, remediation should focus on creating more appropriate environments.

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Sorting Out Technological Unemployment
Recently there has been increased media coverage of technological unemployment. It likely began with President Obama's 2011 statement, "There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don't go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you're using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate."  However, the high profile of Google's driverless cars and the well covered Jeopardy victory of IBM's Watson have probably contributed to a general awareness of the accelerating replacement of humans by advanced robots and artificial intelligence software.

There are more bank tellers today than there were when ATMs were introduced as was pointed out by The Economist. This resulted in President Obama's comment being ridiculed in many circles.  The criticism was improper; while there are more bank tellers today, there are substantially fewer than there would be if ATMs didn't offer an alternative to them. The introduction of ATMs did, indeed, eliminate jobs and cause new bank teller jobs to not be created
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Enterprise Networks
An Enterprise Network is an opportunity rich and success prone productive environment that shares investment communities, technologies and customer base.  Over the next twenty years it will replace the more rigid and hierarchical corporation as the dominant enterprise structure of the Information Age.

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