Mystery/Detective novels were originally called “enigma novels”. The distinctly British term was then used to describe the cipher machines of the Nazis during World War II.
Amazingly, I brought a lone book with me on this 3 month journey from home. This is the “Cyberculture Studies” book that I picked up a bit ago. Cyberspace is a bit of an enigma itself. It is both democratizing and exclusive. It is a broadcast framework with individualized content.
Part of the book develops a healthy description of how our current society is developing into increasingly segregated, interdependent, warring parts. These parts are the exclusive networked peoples, those retaining the post-industrial lifestyle common, and the poor/criminal.
The networked folk lead essentially a self-similar life. Their many jobs require them to be highly transient. Thus they exist nowhere in terms of permanent homes. But the places were they are become similar to one another to provide them with the illusion of home. I wish I could say that this did not resonate.
As the applied physicist of social theory, knowing this isn’t meaningful unless empirically tested. Real rigor is left to the experts and those with funding. But backyard experimentation is top shelf of those waxing natural philosophic. Thus here is my abstract.
*At least half of the stories in “The Game” by Neil Strauss are likely outright lies. However, the analogy between cybercultural networks and that of interpersonal sexual networks is not unfounded. Relationship culture is highly networked. Furthermore, there is a large portion of the population that exists outside of this network (parallel to the poor and post-industrial). Even though the structure of the system is self supporting nodes, individuals exhibit strong taste which narrows them from the group as a whole (personalized content). Even cornerstone concepts such as anonymity in cyberculture can apply in the meatspace of relationships. Thus knowing that I am “in” the cybernetwork but not within the relationship network, analogous tools should allow me access to this sphere as well. In other words, social engineering at the relationship level is possible through cybernetic parallels in combination with the interpersonal social group tools developed on my friends.*
All of this really only serves to get me more ass, which is truly what it is all about. Some proof of concept work is clearly apparent with the OK Cupid work. I must become more enigmatic in my personality. I have gotten fairly good at reading people with a small amount of observation. Thus I think a good first strategy is to read people and then alter my personality to one that I know the other person implicitly desires, before they catch on to what I am doing. This creates new nodes and flows in the relationship network. I guess you will have to trust that I won’t be nefarious in my methods. Nice guys finish last, but that doesn’t imply that bad guys always finish first.