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The Spectrum of Agency

MUST-READ: ON SPECTRUM OF AGENCY DEMONSTRATED BY USE OF TESTIMONY BY BILL JOSLIN

—-“Thoughts that might be worth exploring ->

Qualification to acquire membership in a class based on demonstrated agency affords commensurability in assessing worthiness.

Demonstrate the degree one lives by their own agency dictates which class they belong (vertically) regardless of horizontal class (much talk with Joel on this in January)

Testimonialism forces one to “demonstrate due diligence in speaking truthfully”. But this can also be stated as “demonstrating the degree of agency (due diligence) one has invested in the speech act (truthfulness).

This adds a new “moral” level to testimonialism – in that one can communicate a testimonial truth which they have invested only the time it took to memorize it without any personal agency in developing it(low agency)…. one can speak a testimonial truth another developed but has invested their agency into understanding it (mid agency)… or one can speak a testimonial proof which one has developed on their own (the proof stands as a demonstration of their agency).(posts on cognitive self ownership)”—– Bill Joslin

Now lets look at that last paragraph again:

This adds a new “moral” level to testimonialism –

LOW AGENCY
One can communicate a testimonial truth which they have invested only the time it took to memorize it without any personal agency in developing it….

or

MIDDLE AGENCY
One can speak a testimonial truth another developed but has invested their agency into understanding it…

or

AGENCY
One can speak a testimonial proof which one has developed on their own (the proof stands as a demonstration of their agency).(posts on cognitive self ownership)

Agency of the youth, the adult, and the wise.

-Curt

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