I spent a few days this week doing a close read of Julian Huxley’s 1946 “UNESCO Its Purpose and Philosophy.” It leans heavily on scientific eugenics, social efficiency, and charting individual characteristics as potential contributions to convergent consciousness, Teilhard De Chardin’s Noetic Christogenesis. I’m not sure about you, but I’m pretty skeptical of an “ascension” program that seemed to emerge from a Fabian / DARPA mash-up. I was trying to figure out how to talk about this without it being super dry. I read those sixty pages, so you don’t have to but the compiled highlights were still daunting.
Then, serendipitously, I received an email from Australia about the Capital Territory Health Directorate signing onto a deal with Epic Systems for a new patient record system. Epic, privately held since 1979 with a huge footprint in the digital health space, is headquartered in Verona, a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin. Upon seeing Madison, I had flashback to the days when I was researching widespread adoption of K12 educational technology and realized the timeline stretched back to Department of Defense distance learning in the mid 1990s. Advanced Distributed Learning, the project lead, has four outposts including a K12 education gaming office in Madison formerly led by social game mechanics specialists Constance Steinkuehler and her husband Kurt Squire. I ended up stopping at the Academic Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Lab on a trek I made out to South Dakota in the summer of 2020. In fact, it was one of my very first site visits; the first of many boring office park parking lots.
So, I decided to create a map that showcased how digital health records, prescribed wellness, and pay for success finance in “value-based” medicine would intersect with “sustainable” behavior management, eugenics, radio-isotopes, psychiatry, and gamified badging systems for AI-mediated gig work. Next to each section of the map I organized excerpts from the Huxley paper. I hope it illustrates the outrageous origins of current policies that are chipping away at our creativity and our humanity bit by soul-sucking bit.
Below is a link to the featured map for exploring. Click on any dot to open the source links. The three small dots on the left side (middle) of the page should open the slide-out panel if it’s not visible already. Have fun poking around. I also pulled out links to the Littlesis maps, old blog posts I referenced, and the video clips if you decide you want to revisit or share them.
Epic Systems / Huxley / Madison map link here.
Featured videos: Selfish Ledger here; slime mold here; XAPI data analytics here; Yet Analytics for workplace efficiency here; Hoskinson Cardano Atala Prism Ethiopia here; and Soros on New Economic Thinking here.
Contextual INET / Soros blog post here.
Contextual education / Department of Defense blog post here.
Presentation link here, 3 hours.
Pictures from around Madison, WI from May 2020. The first of many site visits looking around the labyrinth.