Thursday, January 7, 2010
economic extension of evolution
Some of the underlying functioning facets of a capitalist society seem to mirror the properties that were (and continually are) felt during the process of natural selection. Like everything else, it is not too far off to say that, what capitalism panders to through commodity in all of its forms are direct the results of the biological manifestations in response to the effects of external variables. The most immediate example would be our omnipresent interest in the exchange of ideas. Another neo-necessity (a term used in a previous post with such a title) is the computer, obviously using electricity, the top neo-necessity mentioned previously. The functioning intentions of this blog is to transfer ideas as quickly as possible to whoever may stumble onto them. The freshness of thought is one which I prefer and one which seems to lend itself to more interaction, revision and hopefully participation. The transfer of ideas or information is not a new phenomena, needless to say, but before the last 100 years or so has been required to take place face-to-face. The commodity that is currently being employed to transfer ideas and information at this very moment is a modernization and extension of one of the aspects of human evolution that resulted in the very commodity itself. Ingenuity through widespread information sharing, collaboration, and idea revision are parts of not only human evolution (this encouraged and nurtured an already growing brain size, gave us the ability to see the advantages of a widespread cooperation, etc) but also the way in which the capitalist system feeds itself in order to keep itself in motion. The constant appropriation of ideas, now from anyone, anywhere, and the expansion of those ideas is flooding the global capitalist market. Someone in one continent may come up with an accessory to a product that was invented on another hemisphere which derived from a product that existed at first 75 years ago.
Product traits seemingly make the same testing cycles as physical attributes in the natural world. Facebook is going through on of the trial periods now. If there are enough negative reactions or responses they, and any other company, will change that part of their product or run the risk of terminating, similar to a biological response to pressures from nature. $urvival of the fittest is an obvious comparison that may not need to be expressed in detail. The cunning survive in both climates, natural and market. Size may help or hurt in both situations. The old is constantly being taken over by the new: Google's Nexus One is making its attempt to control the smart phone tribe as an elder chimp (in this metaphor the iPhone) would be challenged by a younger male. The constant milling over of dominant forces: although some of the forces seem to stay put, we have had a massive extinction in the capitalist era with countless banks, Saab, etc. The big ones fall at some point.
The behavioral and physical manifestations from our subjection to natural evolution has given rise to this capitalist system. Socialism goes against our comfort zone of cooperation with one another through social systems in the past. Sure, we could cooperate on a reasonable scale of lest say 200 people or so but you get in the millions, and forget about it. There is not the personal stake required for such a willingness to take place. The personal stake that is derived from evolution, the inevitability that self preservation is one's ultimate priority. Capitalism is dog-eat-dog. Survival at its most raw and cold. We chose capitalism not because it works but because subconsciously feel comfort in the fact that we believe that we are the only ones that we have to rely on. The comfort of self reliance stems from evolution, that if I can just do this it can be done.