My quest to write a shortish blog post capturing all the wisdom of thousands of years of epistemological insight was a little frustrating.
In the same sort of spirit though, Virginia Postrel offers an overview of dynamist rules:
- Allow individuals (including groups of individuals) to act on their own knowledge.
- Apply to simple, generic units and allow them to combine in many different ways.
- Permit credible, understandable, enduring and enforceable commitments.
- Protect criticism, competition, and feedback.
- Establish a framework within which people can create nested, competing frameworks of more specific rules.
This is from The Future and its Enemies. These rules are kinda just the rules for life the universe and everything, and I'm not sure how well they sum up what I was trying to get at. But they're simple, general and pretty deep.