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The Objective Measure of Our General Welfare(5-23-15)
Measuring our General Welfare objectively is the second oldest moral and economic question. But to measure the General Welfare we must first answer the oldest question, "What do each of us life forms use to measure what is good and bad for each of us?, or " How do any of we life forms measure our own personal value?". For should this personal measure be the same for all of us life forms, then we can aggregate and total the sum of the these common individual values into a measure of the General Welfare.
Further, and more importantly, it gives each of us a moral guide as to how to treat other life forms = No First Cost. We each try to maximize our own time alive, so this implies we have a moral duty to maximize all time alive. Since we must eat other life forms to stay alive, this duty leads to conundrums like how to deal with our conservation debt.
For scientists this objective measure of value must serve as the premise for a real GUT theory. By inspection, a theory is created by one or more of we life forms to explain how things work back to all of us; so it must begin and end with how we each basically organize information, own time cost minimization.
YOU use as little time as possible to get WHATEVER YOU NEED TO STAY ALIVE OR WANT. The reason is simple, we all only have one unit of time alive per unit time as measured by the speed of light in a body.
We use our time alive in our life form, i.e. one unit of time alive per unit time as measured by the speed of light = c in our body. Of necessity we unconsciously try to spend as little time of our time alive as possible to get what we want or need to stay alive. For good reason, when we take to long to get what we need to stay alive = we are dead. Any of you reading this don't like staying alive? e.g. Money saves us time. A money exchange is meant to save both sides of the exchange their time.
Objective = Any observation/measurement that any two or more of us can agree we can see with our properly operating sensory apparatus. It takes at least two of us to create an 'objective' fact. i.e. Each observer can see, rap the fact with their knuckles. In short, an objective facts are created a society.
Logically, when every life form uses the same objective measure of personal value, then we can aggregate this common to all measure into the Objective Measure of our General Welfare when all of us are considered equal = our time alive both as an individual and summed as the General Welfare. Thus living longer is good.
In a conserved universe, we are then asking, "How do we cost one another in trying to stay alive?". This means "What rule of morality must we practice towards others to maximize the General Welfare?" = don't deliberately cost another equal their time(money) without honest compensation.
The rule of morality in a self-aware society can only be No First Cost.
The rest of this paper explains the how and why of our measure of personal value and how it generalizes to 'The Objective Measure of Our General Welfare.
11-20-09 In 1985 I discovered what 'Objective Measure of Personal Value' all life forms use to keep themselves alive. This is the oldest 'economic question of all, "What do we each use to measure what is good and bad for ourselves under all possible sets of physical circumstances?".
It is 'our time alive'. We all unconsciously minimize time we spend to get what we need to stay alive. We are all own time cost minimizers.
02-28-10 Objective Value must take this logical form to measured: 1 unit of x(what we value) per unit time, where time is measured by c, the speed of light. Personal value, after all, depends upon being alive to experience value.
(01-10-10)When all life forms use the same personal measure of value, then we can discover the "Objective Cost Measure of the General Welfare".
(05-09-11) It is: Cost as measured by what? "Other peoples time alive.", not yours = No First Cost.
Since you most visibly live by exchange(you do use money don't you?), then you treat other people like you would like to be treated and they will do the same for you.
Below I will describe what it is, how we use it, how I discovered what our "measure of personal value is", and some implications.
Right now almost of of us use this measure unconsciously. Unconscious gets you and us dead.
What is this measure of personal value?
Actually it is a measure of personal cost = a fixed input(income) we spend to obtain what we value. It is the same cost measure for all life forms, your time alive, and we all only have one unit of time alive per unit time = 24 hours a day per day to obtain the necessities for life.
Ergo, we try to spend as little time alive as possible to obtain whatever it is we need to stay alive. That's because when we take to long, we die.
We are unconscious "own time cost minimizers".
1-30-2009 The answer to the original First Question on Front Page was; "Why won't our leaders ever ask this question: "How Do Our/my Actions COST OTHERS/you?".
Since we so very visibly live by exchange(XC) = use money; then how our actions costs others time is the the question we must ask in order to to be fair to others and maximize the common good. Yet this question, "How do my actions cost other equal persons their time?", is of course, the one question our leaders never ask. That is because they do not want to e held accountable for taking others time without compensation. With no objective measure of value they get away with stealing from us.
8-12-2008 rev. This "objective" measure of the common good arises directly from my refutation of "Coase's Theorem. 4-22-08 Coase's Theorem, Politics, and Scientific Publication Which led in turn to another implication: How we use this 'objective measure of value" implied what conserved geometry our universe must be based upon for us to be alive = a Moebius Strip Geometry.
"Objective" means we each can confirm that we can perceive this measure with our normal sensory apparatus,i.e. rap it with your knuckles directly or by seeing a 'gauge' move.
The common good means that this "measure of value" must be the same thing for each of us. In short, it must be how you, probably unconsciously now, measure what is good and bad for yourself by comparing the 'time costs to yourself' of alternative courses of action.
1-12-09 Once we agree upon what our in common 'objective personal value measure' is, then that directly implies a public 'moral standard' for judging how anyone's behavior affects the survival of all. Most of us do not like that idea. It impinges on our freedom of action. However, when you live on a planet where our individual actions must affect others for good or ill, then knowing what this Objective Measure of Value is and applying it to our own actions, is absolutely necessary for our planet's survival.
When all life forms(people) use the same measure for personal good and bad,it means we can aggregate and sum up all the individual goods into an objective measure of the common good = an Objective Measure of the General Welfare.
How do I prove this to someone?
Since 1985, I have shown at least 35,000 people what this measure is in person, face to face, plus many hundreds of thousands on the radio. I started doing this after publication of may article on Coase was blocked by an anonymous referee, despite my Professors saying I was right. So I started publishing anyway as the duty of a scientist is to publish after you make a discovery. By 1990, I started to hear my words come back to me over the radio and TV = cost minimization.
So after getting someone to agree that this 'objective, rap it with your knuckles' measure must be the one thing common to everything they do, I would ask; "What is the one thing common to everything you do? Three people out of the 35,000 got it right.
So I would ask, "What do you see when you look in the mirror in the morning?". Usually with a little nudge, they would admit that they saw themselves, their body, their life form. Ergo, your life form is the one objective, rap it with your knuckles, thing common to everything you do.
Next, I would ask, "How many hours a day do you have alive in your body?"
"Why, 24 hours" they would answer.
"How about the bug on the floor if it should live so long"; "The same."
"And the E-T in the Andromeda galaxy?"; "The same."
So then I would ask, "That means you have one unit of time alive per unit time?; "Yes."
Then I would say, "So the real question is, How do we use(spend) our time alive to get what we need to say alive, isn't it?" "Yes."
Then I would whisper in their ear, "We try to use as little time as possible, don't we; because when we take to long, we die." "Yes."
So your own personal objective measure of value is, of course, your life form. A life form is objective, we both can rap it with out knuckles. Your life form is common to everything you do until death. And every life form in the universe has the same amount of time alive per day = 24 Earth hours, if they should live so long.
i.e. One unit of time alive per unit time as measured by the speed of light. Notice I just plugged us into e = mc^ (c^ = c squared).
Right now, almost everyone on Earth is an UNCONSCIOUS Own Time Cost Minimizer. You all know what staying unconscious gets you. Dead! Wake up, smell the roses, we have a conservation debt made of Anti-Matter coming due. I do know that almost all of you want to stay alive.
8-12-2008 How Did I Figure This Out and What Does It Mean For Doing Science?
The beginning is the best place to start. Ronald Coase, Nobel Prize in Economics in 1991 for asking this simple question in "The Problem of Social Cost" Journal of Law & Economics, October 1960, "Who should society make pay for causing a cost to another person's person or property?" He made clear that each person owned their property 100%. He pointed out that there were two possible ways society could enforce Liability for a cost by anyone upon another's 'property or person'.
It turns out that his question and showing why he was mistaken directly implied what and how this Objective Measure of the Common Good worked. Coase by his assumptions constructed a conserved but growing 'universe' that required, by construction, that you must use a piece of the universe as a fixed measure all other possible variables were compared. As we will see this was a crucial assumption by Coase and explains his wonderful error = 'wrong' prediction.
Coase gave a great example: A Cattleman and Wheat farmer who lived next to each other. The CM cattle trampled or ate some of the farmers wheat. Somebody was going to bear the cost of the lost wheat, the only real question from societies point of view is' "Who do we make pay for causing the cost?". Coase pointed out there were two ways to assign Liability; Strict Liability = CM pays for the damage his cattle causes, OR No Liability = the WF pays the CM not to damage him in the future. Golly, that sounds exactly like the legal definition of extortion.
BUT, when Coase compared the Q of G&S XCed of the two alternative ways of assigning liability, he found there was no difference. Crime had no cost. Our corporations loved his answer. Now they could bribe legislators to change the laws to let them sell Not Hurting People = Not Polluting.
It took me eight years to find his procedural error = an example of the Fallacy of Non-Attribution explained in Why Coase's Theorem is Wrong, Politics, and Scientific Publication.
Once I figured out Coase, I asked "How must we work for this result to be true?"
The most important thing it implied for us right now is: We have a conservation debt made of Anti-Matter that must be dealt with for us to reap the fruits of self-awareness.
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