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The Church of Blink -
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      All of the progress of history for surviving cultures is measured against a scale of Earth revolutions around its sun. Yet, in our lifetimes, we will know a different measure of time. We will either join an existing larger causality or we will create one. Either way, our current rate of progress will continue to experience its hyperbolic increase until the entire universe we perceive today can be processed in the blink of an eye.
      When we achieve instantaneous thought across many human brains, we will see our various different perceptions augment each other and create a distinct pattern beyond the three dimensions a single human being can conceive.
      Many good friends, over the years, have asked me to form a church to codify the direction our group is heading. I have been hesitant to do so because the very word "church" conjures images of universality. Today, however, I have a solution: our priority superseding all others shall be the avoidance of jealousy.
      Jealousy is zealous vigilance against increased rivalry. It is a willingness to kill or diminish another person, group or ideology before competing on merit. It is a tacit admission of failure in one or both of the following categories: 1) ability to produce anything others would find valuable, and/or 2) ability to see others as significantly intelligent entities worthy of peer interaction.
      When a church oversimplifies relationships into things that are either good or bad, jealousy becomes too slippery to handle. From a universality standpoint, jealousy can be neither good nor bad for thinking human beings. If jealousy were bad, one would be hypocritical to jealously guard against it. Yet, if jealousy were universally good, one could not fault others for their bigotry in denying the "universal truth." Pursuing a jealous course of action is inherently hypocritical in a universe where more than one intellect exists.
      I would not want to live in a universe where my conception is the only intelligence. I want to be surprised. I want to compare the fruit of my value system against that of another. I want to witness meaningful relationships that I have not preconceived. For that reason, I propose that the highest tenet of our religion be that our faith is not jealous. Our other principles would follow.

Tenets of the Church of Blink:

      1) No Jealousy - the Church of Blink is not jealous. Not only are alternative belief systems respected, but they are encouraged. We welcome all faiths to our group that share only our few basic tenets. We commend those who have the strength of will to pursue paths different than ours. We are open to honest attempts to provide contrasting viewpoints; for through contrast the best way is illuminated.

      2) Blink - We believe that humankind now has the technological capability of instantaneous decision making on a scale larger than a singular human brain, and lacks only the lexicon and economic system to do so. Our goal is to create a neural economy and lexicon sufficient for the task of achieving group spontaneous decision making, a state that we refer to as "blink." We feel confident that the ability to blink on a communal abstraction layer will spawn the massive increases in intellect necessary to see the universe in a fundamentally different light.

      3) Lexicon - We believe that a lexicon sufficient to produce blink must have perfect integrity. Every concept of such a lexicon must have a term, and every term must have a concept that can be defined entirely using logic gates and the other precise terms of the lexicon. Blink also requires consensus omnium of concepts and terms used by a group, a state that necessitates the possibility of dissent without punishment. To that end, the tools we use to create our lexicon must enable forking, sharing of knowledge and recombining where consensus is reached without any inherent or absolute assumptions about which fork is preferred.

      4) Economy - We believe that humankind now has the technological capability of efficiently holding groups of any size accountable to individually defined contribution measures. We believe that currency is a crude and ineffective method of creating larger social groups, and that it has failed because it stifles accountability and innovation while easily enabling usury. Our goal is to create an economy with measures that can be easily customized, deconstructed, reconstructed, combined with those of others, compared scientifically and evolve according to the will of the individual and the groups to which the individual chooses to belong.

      5) No State Sponsored Insurance - We believe that humans possess an intelligence that is necessarily social and therefore only present to the extent that life, mutual accountability and communal innovation are protected. Consensual, optional private groups (churches, social clubs, etc.) are the only entities that can provide members with health and life insurance while maintaining protection of both accountability and innovation. When a public or profit motive entity tries to provide insurance to individuals, a compass of general constraints must be assumed in order for the system to be sustainable. Such hierarchical organization cannot weigh each case individually, create customized measures for each person or put individual proposals to the test. With hierarchical insurance, a small oligarchy makes the decisions for everyone, and the entire intellectual capacity of the group is reduced to the few brains at the very top of the pyramid.

      Because the amount of help a person needs is tied to his ideology, intelligent feedback requires everyone in the group receiving the same insurance coverage to also share the same relevant belief system. For example, if a subgroup avoided the use of cell phones and ended up having significantly fewer brain tumors thirty years later, the group that espoused the avoidance of high output electromagnetic radiation must not suffer the effects of those whose ideology failed. When the effect is the same whether your value system is right or wrong, you have no reason to strive for the best course of action. Intelligence is enabled only to the extent that we separate ourselves from the karma of bad decisions by others.
      We believe in repentance, forgiveness and mercy when others recognize that their actions have led to undesirable outcomes. Yet, such recognition can occur only where a link is established between cause and effect. For this reason, we believe that insurance sponsored by a group outside of one's peers can not be sustainable, intelligent, accountable or innovative. Even with zero transparency or accountability to its members, a hierarchy can only project the facade of a working system for a limited time before its ever expanding bubble of inefficiency causes its projections to falter.
      We see fools vainly searching for hierarchical insurance providers with less corruption when the entire concept of insurance without peer accountability is impossible to maintain. The Church of Blink considers every failure of society to include a wealth of knowledge to further refine our individual value systems and bring our community closer to instantaneous decision making capability. When the failure has no ideological fault, all of that knowledge and opportunity is lost. There is no greater evil than to let one's mind whither for lack of feedback. Our church will not permit us to engage in state sponsored insurance where fault is ignored and the same mistakes keep happening with no hope of improvement. Such a state would be a hell on Earth, an environment promoted only by the greatest of deceivers.
      If you watched the above video and thought, 'that sounds logical; the job of Washington DC should be to force everyone to buy insurance,' you probably don't belong in the Church of Blink. I wish you well in the path you have chosen and the karma you will find at the end of your road. For me and those who will join me, we have a different path and a different karma. There is no need for us both to travel the same path, nor is it necessarily desirable for everyone to share the same destination. One of us will wind up in a better place than the other and the contrast will be valuable to both parties.
      Conversely, if you can live by the five tenets of the Church of Blink, I welcome you as a founder to the beginning of something wonderful. There will be many different tenets espoused by subgroups of the church that our language and economy will enable to form, but the church as a whole may need only these five core beliefs. Using them, we can build on the contributions of older religions to transcend our terrestrial constraints.

-Zephram Stark December 16, 2009