The Melting Pot That Isn't


Data is data. Turns out that what we melt is purely scientific, legal, and commercial; and what doesn’t melt is family, morality, metaphysics, and therefore politics.

Or, what I would describe in Propertarian terms, as “explicitly calculable” implicit knowledge vs “inexplicitly calculable” tacit knowledge.

We can structure formal institutions only for a subset of knowledge.

Myth, tradition, ritual, family, morals, ethics, and manners are something that can also be institutionalized.

And that us the conservative vision: formal institutions are not enough.

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