Delusion of injustice

The delusion of injustice is that there cannot be privately negotiated justice that may be acceptable only to the private parties based on the particular context that they agree to keep private.   As a result of this, we overrule such private agreements and require a fresh trial in a public or formal setting based on current sensibilities and on lost information about the full context of the earlier event.   In the re-airing of past events, society regresses to a more immature level where every human interaction needs adult supervision and every offense be reported to authorities for a formal justice.

Open Secrets: data with strings attached

These cases are often described as open-secrets.   Many people in the community are aware of the information about individual cases and about the pattern of behavior, but there has been some kind of understanding that the past events are resolved in some acceptable terms, and that ongoing behavior is restrained by certain conditions.   The oxymoron of open-secrets can be resolved by defining the open-part as being observed data, while the secret-part is restraints on how this data may be used in future decision making.

Indifference to dark data

We should learn from recent experience of large data technologies the lesson that decision making can benefit from streaming data in addition to (and often instead of) the publication science of one-time experiments.    It is clear now that policy making needs access to a continuous stream fresh data about old ideas, especially when that data accumulates over time.   With access to the technologies to do this work, it is unacceptable to base policies on the failed approaches of the past that rely on published studies.

Declaration of indifference

The constitution was based on a population that accepted the concepts of individual independence.   The current government is of a population that accepts a concept of granted or not-yet revoked privileges based on merit and trust.    We reconcile the problem by operating a government for show that follows the canon set out by the constitution, and a government for real that operates largely independently of democratic control. 

Science Fiction: Archaic Fables

A genre that fills the role science fiction played by Blade Runner in early 1980s, would extrapolate from the trends of the past 40 years.   In this period, many of the trends of the previous 40 years have stalled or declined.   New more important trends have replaced the older trends.   In light of the current conditions, introducing movies such as the latest science fiction iterations (Blade Runner 2049, Star Trek: Discovery, or Orville) seems to miss the point of science fiction.   They may offer entertainment, but they are presenting futures based on abandoned concepts instead of alternative futures based on recent experiences and memories.