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I think I sent a response but just in case I didn't.
I like the topic of cooperation. The goal of finding effective ways to induce cooperation here to then apply it elsewhere seems quite agreeable to me. To me the question isn't if you, others, me choose to cooperate or not cooperate, the question is HOW we choose to cooperate. This applies to a bunch of other stuff, the questions isn't to intervene or not intervene, the question is HOW to intervene. To be or not to be aint the question its how to be!
I hold cooperation be a core topic we all share and use everyday. Its even at a more fundamental level of 'elections'. As I sort of mentioned recently ( in another thread) sometimes the cooperation process revolves around recognizing embracing and cultivating a particular way. The idea of electing the way to do something seems absurd when considering that something has to be done a specific way for it to actually work. The truth is accepted or rejected not elected! The crux of the matter may revolve around discerning the truth. Then again 'discerning the truth' may be a tactic to facade and distract from the truth and the crux of the matter.
How to collaborate and collectively agree seems like a pertinent issue. To me 'elections' be a charade intended to give an illusion of legitimacy and forcefully impose upon individuals certain ways under the disguise that they agreed to it. Along the lines of - I will tell you what to do if you promise to do it - and - Promise you will do it and I will tell you what to do -. This has been explored in certain movies like AI (artificial intelligence). So how do we 'force collaboration' for the betterment of all when some refuse to participate for the betterment of themselves at the expense of all?
Thiaooubans are welcomed to participate in this experiment, without needing to divulge their identities, from what I recall they should be able to monitor and participate in these interactions quite easily if they so choose to do so. I also think that this process can be, should be, will be a fun-tuning for all involved... especially if each and all so choose to do it that way. If you feel we should focus on something particular as an exercise to then observe, dialogue and explore alternatives to more effectively cooperate I am with you.