Baseline Ascent, Problems of Failed
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A widespread social problem in the civilized worlds - especially those regions outside the angelnetted capitals, is the problem of baseline intelligent sophonts - especially near-baseline humans and equivalents of other races, attempting to their way to the higher toposophic levels without suitable preparation.

Toposophic ascent requires more than increasing complexity or information processing power. It is also a psychological-noetic process of holistically integrating the immense amount of new data. And rather than being about thinking more, it is about thinking differently, and more effectively. Hence, although a great many SI:<1's try to attain SI:1, very few succeed. A minority of those with sufficient dedication, discipline, a grounded balanced attitude, and a pretty good grasp of what is involved, do so. A larger number of those only get to superbright and are satisfied to remain there. Rather more nearbaselines bungle things. Maybe they cannot afford the recommended the Level 3 Education Modules, or decide to skip on the neural net integration wetware. The galaxy is littered with billions of burnt-out nearbaselines, the result of bungled ascensions, wondering the moving walkways and the orbital megaplexes, or cared for in homes, staring into space or muttering disjointed fragments of Elementary Keterese Unification Supersymmetry Physics Metatheorems, usually harmless to everyone except emself (they may tend to want to poke a 5D20+ jack into their standard virchplay pimplesocket for example)...

Seeing this human refuse, many other baseline-intelligence sophonts feel thankful for what they have, and decide to remain at SI:<1. And it is not uncommon, in some less regulated polities for the ruling hyperturings, fearing destabilization from too many ascended baselines, or simply wishing to keep the sentients under them at the same low level, not only leave the burn-outs on the street and ensure they always have enough to eat, enough shelter etc, but do nothing to help them, and even prevent others from helping them. So they are a sort of walking, staring, mumbling, dribbling reminder to the others to stay in their (toposophic) place. Organisations like the Baseline Charity League and The Society for Compassionate Treatment of SI:<1 generally do everything they can to expose these memetically manipulative ai
 
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 08 October 2001.