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Practical Ethics: Poaching

Posted by HM Solomon I , 18 October 2014 - - - - - - · 473 views
Practical Ethics
This part of a new series called Practical Ethics, which will be about the ethics of affairs across the Cyberverse.
This entry will be on poaching, which for the purposes of this article is defined as soliciting a member of a foreign alliance to join your alliance without that alliance's explicit permission to do so.  The question is whether t...


Wow So Meta: The !@#$%^& Effect

Posted by HM Solomon I , 13 October 2014 - - - - - - · 189 views
wow so meta
The Web is a curious place.  A land populated chiefly by cats and porn stars is also a land that helps to overthrow governments, spread awareness of important social and societal issues, and ensure that nobody has less than 200 "friends".  It is also the land of text.  For as much as some decry CN as outdated for its entirely text-based app...


Wow So Meta: Dead or Dying

Posted by HM Solomon I , 27 September 2014 - * * * * * · 258 views
Wow So Meta
It almost seems like the OWF is made up entirely of straw men.  Is this the way it has to be?  Rational argumentation should have a prominent place here.  Why?  Some may say arguing a point logically is boring, but to those that say that I say "You must never have studied philosophy."  Rational arguments are chess matches, they re...


The World That Ye Hath Created: A Study in Irony

Posted by HM Solomon I , 26 September 2014 - - - - - - · 291 views

DBDC has many relationships with many alliances, many of which have significant upper tiers.  The alliances best in a position to destroy DBDC are also unlikely to do so because of these connections.  However they all have something in common: most view DBDC as a partner of necessity to keep their upper tiers safe so they can focus on other thre...


Wow So Meta: Hypocrisy & Truth

Posted by HM Solomon I , 04 September 2014 - * * * * * · 338 views
Wow So Meta
Hypocrisy is an oft slung critique on the OWF.  It's an easy argument to make because everyone in this game who's played for almost any amount of time can somehow be made out to be hypocritical on just about any topic.  However, there is a massive problem with this:
It doesn't work as an argument.
Calling out someone for being hypo...


Why Mergers Fail

Posted by HM Solomon I , 04 September 2014 - * * * - - · 464 views
this is not a real blog post, :P


Wow So Meta: Doom & Gloom

Posted by HM Solomon I , 11 July 2014 - - - - - - · 452 views
Wow So Meta
Every month there is at least one thread on these forums devoted to the state of the game, specifically regarding how it isn't doing very well.  The trouble is that even if no one mentions it explicitly, the main reason for this doom and gloom is that CN is not as popular as it was at its height.  This is completely true; though I was not around...


Alliance Identity

Posted by HM Solomon I , 23 June 2014 - - - - - - · 494 views

In metaphysics, one of the three major branches of philosophy (the other two being epistemology and axiology), there is a concept known as identity.  Identity in metaphysics is not the same as the commonly understood concept of identity.  Identity is rather about what makes something itself.  Is the me of today the same person as the me of...


Sphereology: Our Brains on Foreign Affairs

Posted by HM Solomon I , 26 May 2014 - - - - - - · 340 views

The current paradigm of foreign affairs largely revolves around spheres.  Spheres are just collections of alliances with multiple bilateral connections between them, which, to varying degrees, act according to some common interest or interests.  
Sphereology is the term used here to denote the theoretical view of the world derived from th...


Federation: An Alternative to Merger?

Posted by HM Solomon I , 31 March 2014 - - - - - - · 557 views

On today's Planet Bob, merger is seemingly more common among established alliances, instead of just recently established micros.  The reason for this is simple entropy, despite the fact that I believe CN to have a decent amount of life left in it, the older alliances become, the more likely it is for them to go into decline, a state which often leads...

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