Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Bubble: understanding the nature of Gnon

Gnon, a reverse acronym for Nature and/or Nature's God, (NONG spelled in reverse), or the God of Nature, is the essential nature of reality. Gnon describes the fascism inherent in the universe. Gnon decides whether or not an action is successful. Gnon is the laws of physics, Gnon is evolution, Gnon is reality itself, and reality will kick your ass if you are not careful. A great definition is given by the Orthosphere, which describes it thusly;
"GNON is an acronym popular among reactionaries. It stands for “the God of Nature Or Nature.” It is intended to function for reactionaries and their interlocutors of an agnostic or atheist persuasion as the Torah, Logos, dharma or Tao do for religious types, but without entangling them in any religious commitments, or the difficulties that ever attend them. It is the Order of Being. The general idea is  that, whether or not there be any God of Nature who is its source, Nature herself has an inherent and utterly implacable, incontrovertible order, which we contravene at our peril, and which it behooves us therefore to discover and then faithfully and meetly enact; so that, recusing ourselves for the nonce from any tiresome discussions of a religious sort, with their endless bitter controversies over obscure points of doctrine, we may get on quickly to remembering that it is a Very Bad Idea to Mess with Mother Nature, to learning about her, and to shaping our policies accordingly.
"This is certainly true. It really is a bad idea to mess with Mother Nature. So GNON is a handy way to cut to the chase in controversies over policy. It has furthermore the advantage of engendering a more ready agreement among our modernist adversaries to the notion that things have real natures, real essences, and that reality therefore is really ordered toward the realization of their natural ends, so that she imposes her order upon us willy-nilly. Modernists are generally besot with Science™, so their minds are open to the notion of Natural Law (although not, usually, to questions about what and how it might be, how it might operate, and so forth). And they revere The Environment™ and Ecology™, even naming them after the divine Gaia, angel of our planet. Mother Nature is in their intellectual economy therefore a term with rather a concrete referent. They view her as more than a mere placeholder or heuristic, albeit less perhaps than a vengeful divine person, who might at any moment reach out and crush the life from them for their transgressions."
Basically, the world is dangerous, or it is nothing.

When a person gets a glimpse of reality it can be a horrifying experience. Back when people were wiser, back when they had more direct experience with the intolerable cruelty of nature, they came to fear the universe, and even hold it in reverence. The modern trend towards "rationality" is actually a trend towards spoilt delusion, for they are no longer giving nature its due respect, and vastly underestimate how it can kick their arse.

In What Nature Has Ruled Against I described a series of processes that are self-terminating. Liberalism, probably understood, is an auto-genocide movement. The only competent result of the left is the destruction of the genes of leftists. For example, communism kills millions of communists, thus, is a perverse fashion, it can be thought of as a self-eugenics project practiced by the left against itself. This judgment maybe be ugly and harsh, and we should not revel in the self-destruction of others, but it is true. A lot of reality is like that: ugly. Though we may by guilty of pessimism, and guilty of focusing too much on only the bad aspects of the world. A lot of reality is also beautiful.

There is a lot of struggle to understand the nature of Gnon. Nick Land describes it metaphorically as an occulted God. Fair enough.

A lot of talk about post-scarcity civilizations goes on, and all I can think about is how in a civilization without scarcity humanity would decay genetically as a result on lacking any challenge to its existence. Humans with the kind of replicators that you see in Star Trek, machines that can produce anything, would decay into cattle who only know how to eat from the machine and repair it. The creation of some automatic process for supplying humanity with all its needs would undoubtedly produce idiocracy.

What is going on here? Why is it that as soon as you solve one trap you encounter another? I have and others have talked about how;
Neoreaction is the study of all the ways a civilization can be killed by Gnon.

What the hell is going on?

We can construct a metaphor for the will of Gnon. Imagine that life is like a bubble, and Gnon is a fluid that this bubble lives inside, and Gnon is constantly trying to crush the bubble. Imagine that entropy is a kind of pressure that life lives within.

We start with something simple. Women mate with successful men. This breeds the species for high intelligence. High intelligence is inherited by women who, then do a better job of selecting men. The process is recursive and leads to a runaway intelligence explosion.

We represent this with a circle.

It is a simple bubble of exponentially increasing IQ that causes an intelligence explosion.

But as intelligence grows more vertices are added to the bubble, because there is a rule that says that no bubble can grow beyond "X" size without being popped. So to grow your civilization

The circle acquires two more vertices. Each point on the triangle is a circle. But now you have a more unstable social configuration based on three intersecting elements; technology, social technology, and genetics. In fact, a civilization can get so good at technology that it forgets social technology and undergoes genetic decay. Remember that pressure is always being put on the sides of the triangle to cause collapse. The point of attack is not the points where lines come together, but the weak spots in between. The more vertices you add the weaker the structure becomes. The more complex the social order is the exponentially more ways it can fail. Every way of keeping out the pressure of Gnon invites an attack in some other way. Build replicators? Devolve into cattle. Build religion? Then your species may become dependent on religion to reproduce itself. Create technology? Undergo social and moral decay. Create the perfect political system? Then risk loss of intelligence needed to manage it.

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