Originally August 2019
Update December 2019 *
The Logos Project is conceived as an antidote to 'attention media'. It's fundamental improvement is that it adds a set of tools that enable judgment. While it is understood that all judgments can be gamed, what is necessary for better judgment is a larger vocabulary than popularity.
These are my five ideas for building a 'logical web'. The purpose of these tools and systems are to use web technology to facilitate a level of collaboration that encourages individuals to deal with and create findings of fact. There are several necessary components of this:
The first piece of the puzzle is to reduce the incentives for anonymous individuals to disrupt the process of fact finding. Let us call this 'intelligence'. Certain conventions must be adhered to in order to assist individuals in making judgments about the value of statements by anonymous or opaque individuals. I think there are two primary incentives.
Via Tajfel, we know that an infinite number of meaningless tribes can be joined and unjoined by individuals finding similar preferences. Our intent is to allow that with some limits of logical exclusivity and an upper limit on simultaneous membership, as well as a mandatory commitment period.
We expect tribes to emerge that have signed on to what seem to be unproven theories, concepts and conspiracies. The implication is that people would rather be strongly wrong than weakly right. If something is correct that they cannot explain, many would prefer an emotional attachment to something they can explain, whether or not that something is logically correct, provable or truthful.
Therefore we expect that it will be more useful for people to be debunked than persuaded, so long as their debunker is a true champion. Such champions must be welcome and invited into the contest of wills and of truth.
Anything a person says belongs to them. They should able to revoke it at any moment. In certain contexts this revocation should be noted, especially if it is a notable artifact in a conversation. People who submit texts for attribution therefore give permission for their name to be associated.
Revoked attributions are absolute but the comment remains. A 'ghost' owns the comment.
We expect individuals to contribute over a long period of time and maintain their reputations over this period. This longevity of self as well as 'profligacy' should be reserved.
We want individuals to attach themselves with some ease to findings of fact that they did not originate. As well, we want individuals to gain some measure of credit for those they find and present, as well as those they create.
An individual should be prompted