Today, democratic institutions find themselves under attack. Looming threats from everywhere seek to unravel the fabric of democracy. We see evidence of this in the news everyday. But there is hope. This book tells a sweeping story visiting history, political theory and even cognition itself on the journey to a solution. But, can we resolve this problem before our democracy lies in ruin? More
Today, robust democratic institutions that have lasted centuries find themselves under serious attack. A big part of this is due to the explosive growth of information technology. Today's plugged-in youth have likely never sent a letter and hardly visit libraries, Googling instead to to get instant information on anything they can imagine. While Silicon Valley whiz kids were busily unfolding their techno-utopian dreams, other more ominous currents from the underbelly of humanity were gaining strength. The undeveloped shadow side of humanity has grown in lockstep, and the looming threat is now so large that it seeks to unravel the very fabric upon which representative democracy is built. Ambitious power mongers have used the powerful tools developed by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to hack the vulnerabilities of representative democracy. From trolling to bot farms, psychological profiling to fake news, these tools are being masterly used to sow chaos that favors authoritarian leaders with no scruples. As one election after another is compromised by technological propaganda, authoritarian regimes are replacing democratic leaders at a dizzying pace. The end result is that the centuries old project of democracy is being undermined by bad actors who distort the truth and play on people's insecurities. Voltaire's worst fears of the weakness of democracy may yet prove true. Business-as-usual democracy is under severe threat. The question is, can we find a solution before it lays ruin to the democratic institutions that form the cornerstone of our modern global society?
This book seeks to answer this question by looking at the very roots of the problem. It unfolds a story of sweeping breadth, spanning history to examine the evolution of the notion of truth through time - the cognitive mechanisms behind decision-making and how they can be gamed; the promise of the enlightenment, the industrial revolution, and the progress trap they subsequently created; the different ways that living organisms experience reality and what truth means to them; and the ways psychoactive compounds distort our sense of reality, coloring our notions of truth itself. In particular, it looks at the two sides of human cognition, the rational and the intuitive, the tangible and intangible, the quantitative and qualitative. Insights into the modern world's schism between these complementary ideas provide fresh insights to develop a new tool that may be used update our ailing democratic voting system that is dangerously in need of reform. The book ends with a proposition for a new, improved democracy 2.0 based upon a new kind of 6-dimensional mathematics that can create a new, robust, more resilient voting system that more accurately represents the needs and aspirations of citizens.
Jode Himann is a philosopher and serial entrepreneur developing new robust tools for democratic decision-making, both for political and business applications. The DQV is an investigate result of Jode's intuitive journey into political philosophy.