Vagorithm – What is it?
Posted On July 1, 2018
This is where I write about the cultural, economic, and political decline of modern civilization.
In 1998 I began a unique experiment charting the decline of traditional human government, economics, social interaction, and belief systems. Initially, called Conchsense, this system sought to catalog and make sense of broad changes taking place in human civilization. The scope of the project was never completely clear to me and it took decades before I began to understand what it was I was engaged in. Through a broad survey of technology, art, culturally and geographically diverse human culture, evolving political and religious movements, and a continuous monitoring of global financial and military trends, I was actually charting the decline of the civilization of our species from Homo sapiens sapiens as we become something altogether different. As an anthropologist and a scientist, it is my educated opinion that while we are descended from H.s. sapiens, we have actually mutated (sic. evolved) into something as different from H.s. sapiens as they were from Homo sapiens neanderthalis (Neanderthals). Our brain chemistry, instinctual desires and reactions, and limbic systems no longer function as those of our hunter-gatherer ancestors once did.
In 2008, I coined the term Homo sapiens connecticus for the species we were becoming and have subsequently become. While there are still mutations and throwbacks to H.s.sapiens (as well as to H.s.neanderthalis) in existence today, it is my belief that the generation known as the Baby Boomers (1944-1964) are the last significant population of H.s.sapiens that will ever be born.
From 2008 to 2013, I visited more than fifty countries and over a thousand cities, towns, and villages on four continents where I conducted ethnographic field work among multi-generational populations and observed distinct behavioral, cultural, and computational distinctions and variations which, despite diverse geographic disparity – formed a cohesive and uniform pattern of change among younger generations. To put it simply – a sixty to ninety year-old farmer in Eastern Europe has more in common with a sixty to ninety-year-old bank executive in New York and a sixty to ninety-year-old Papua New Guinea tribesman than any have in common with their grandchildren.
The children of that elder generation show a mixed pedigree depending on the level of technology present in their childhood. For example, a 50-year-old who grew up with video games is more likely to exhibit a neural structure more in line with a modern teenager than with a baby boomer and a 50-year-old who grew up in a pre-electronic environment is more likely to show characteristics more in line with the elder generation.
It has only recently become obvious that my work not only has scientific value but also cultural and economic value. I am an older Homo sapiens connecticus. Currently, at the age of forty-six, I am a link between the very clear divergence of the species. My generation (GenX – 1964-1984 ) seems to be fairly evenly divided between sapiens and connecticus. The Millenial (GenY) generation (1984-2004) seems to be slanted much more heavily towards connecticus at a ratio of about four to one. The generation following Millenials, GenZ (2004-2024) is, in my opinion, the last generation in which we will see any measurable numbers of Homo sapiens sapiens emerging. As they come of age, we will witness the extinction of a species.
My observations have confirmed that Thomas Hobbes, the 16th century philospher described the lifecycle of Homo sapiens sapiens in perfection:
In such condition, there is no place for industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no culture of the earth; no navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea; no commodious building; no instruments of moving, and removing, such things as require much force; no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
Hobbes saw and described his species perfectly in Leviathan.
On this website, I will share information that will focus on technology, finance, and politics. The best opportunities for the survival of humans seem to be through things like cryptocurrency, connecting media, and communication.
I’ve created the Vagorithm Index as a complex alogrithm which uses politics, economics, current events, social media, pop culture, and zeitgeist to plot the ongoing struggle of our species.