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THE EARTHIAN, Number Thirty-Seven, February 5, 2023, Effective Learning Publications , 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, Richard John Stapleton, Writer, Editor & Publisher, Copyright 2023, All Rights Reserved

A man with white hair and plaid shirt standing in front of brick wall.


A Posting by a Hypothetical Exonexus Observer from a Planet beyond the Earthian Solar System

The poor Earthian humans are enthralled, manipulated, and in various degrees controlled by their leaders in some two hundred countries aboard Spaceship Earth. The leaders became leaders because of being caused to be leaders by unbroken cause-effect chains resulting after our universe started evolving some ten billion years ago in the infinity of time and space and from innumerable unique configurations of concatenations of cause-effect chains causing differentiated humans and countries on Earth through time.

Leaders are generally products of the same sorts of cause-effect chains as followers and members. They are all doing what they were caused to do in their daily lives starting at birth.

Earth as a planet was formed about 4.5 billion years ago and has undergone innumerable transformations in the meantime. Humanoid creatures have been aboard Spaceship Earth for some two million years, and they too have undergone numerous evolutionary changes.

Unfortunately, it now appears Earthian humans have reached a precarious and dangerous stage in their evolution as biological creatures. After slowly evolving more and more accurate, complex, and powerful understandings, technologies, and ways of life for two million years on Earth, during the last two hundred years Earthian humans evolved new technological devices at exponential rates that enabled them to increase their population of Earth as a species to a degree that they now threaten not only their own existence as a species aboard Spaceship Earth but also the existence of most other species alive on Earth.

Keeping eight billion Earthian humans alive on Earth has required so many goods and services to be produced to satisfy human biological and psychological needs and wants and so much fossil fuel energy to be burned to produce the goods that the climate of Spaceship Earth has been altered by carbon dioxide released yearly into the Earthian atmosphere, in sufficient quantities to cause extra heat to be trapped on Earth causing the mean Earthian temperature to increase at a yearly rate that threatens to destroy Earthian human life as it now exists, within centuries, if not decades.

At the same time Earthian humans have developed technological knowledge that has enabled them to produce over 10,000 nuclear weapons that could destroy human life aboard Spaceship Earth if dropped and detonated on defined enemies around Spaceship Earth, as they have the capability to do.

Earthian countries dependent on fossil fuel energy in the short run are pitted in a zero-sum struggle for control of oil and gas supplies around Earth, with the two largest militant nations on Earth possessing over ninety percent of the nuclear weapons now threatening one another in a war they started in a minor country, a pawn in their Earthian game of chess, a tissue-tearing psychological Game called KING OF THE MOUNTAIN by Earthian humans, caused by egoistic leaders and top members of the two countries who are primarily concerned about maintaining and enhancing their personal power, wealth, prestige, lifestyles, and legacies.

Top leaders of one of these countries, fighting in the pawn country with non-nuclear weapons so far, have publicly declared they will fire and detonate some nuclear weapons if necessary to prevent their being defeated and humiliated in the war/Game started in the minor pawn country. Hopefully this is just a bluff in another reincarnation of the Earthian human psychological Game called CHICKEN.  

As dangerous as this psychological high-stakes Game-playing is most Earthian humans find it stimulating, interesting, patriotic, heroic, and so forth in their nightly news, a release from the normal grind of their boring and banal daily routines and rituals, and their pastimes, jobs, activities, and intimacies.

The new war Game in the minor country is a helluva way to generate strokes, aka units of recognition, to get attention, to get recognized, stimulated, and affirmed, now that some Earthian human strokes, nuclear strokes, have become so powerful they can cause the elimination of all Earthian human strokes forever.




February 3, 2023

What next? If these things can work as well as they can play and if enough could be made and if enough clean energy could be produced to power them Earthian biological humans would not have to do any more menial manual labor.

“Boston Dynamics Robots Do a ‘Dance-off’,” INTERESTING ENGINEERING.COM,

February 3

From the mind of Nikola Tesla, possibly the smartest Earthian human that ever lived

“7 Eccentric Inventions by Nikola Tesla That Were Never Built,” by John Loeffler, INTERESTING ENGINEERING.COM,

February 3

An honest respectable retired USian lieutenant colonel tells it like it is

“Can the Military-Industrial Complex Be Tamed?,” by William J. Astore, COUNTERPUNCH,

February 2

Possibly he most productive Earthian scholar posting on the Internet today

“Noam Chomsky: Right-Wing Insurrection in Brazil Held Strong Echoes of January 6, by CJ. Polychroniou, TRUTHOUT,

February 1

How could anyone read that fast and remember it?

“Voltaire,” by Dr. Nikola Tesla,

February 1

A worthy cause indeed

“1994 Nobel Prize in Literature,” Kenzaburo Oe,

January 31

Great article by Ralph Nader

“Drug Price Showdown Time for Chairman Bernie Sanders,” by Ralph Nader, COUNTERPUNCH,

January 31

Insanity run amok

“Marjorie Taylor Greene Eyes the Trump 2024 Ticket After Securing Spots on Key Committees,” by Mike Ludwig, TRUTHOUT,

January 30

Amazing how this works. Truth in the USian House is unprovable, so everything is up to the highest bidder

“Lone Democrat Jared Golden Joins House GOP in Passing Massive Big Oil Handout,” by Jake Johnson, TRUTHOUT,

January 26

So much for upward mobility in USian society. Thom Hartmann’s answer to his question below is that the ultra-rich oppose democracy because they want to keep people in their places to stabilize society. kind of like the divine right of king’s bullshit that god wanted Earthian humans to be rich poor, etc, obiediently do what they were told, and worship him for blessing them by making everything happen as well as it did in their lives.

“Is the Reason Some Wealthy People Oppose Democracy Deeper Than We Think?”, by Thom Hartmann, COUNTERPUNCH,

January 26

Here’s the most sadistic venomous callous inhumane insane antisocial ignorant dumb stupid idea I ever heard of coming out of the USian House, hatched by Repug House legislators to cut even more the taxes of the ultra-rich, who have no real need to make more money from Federal tax cuts, instigated by Repug legislators to generate increased tax cut bribe money from the ultra-rich for themselves to get reelected–caring not a whit about the suffering this would cause the USian poor in the private sector, nor the strife and civil discord this would cause in USian society as a whole, perhaps its complete destruction.

“Democrats hammer GOP plan to impose national sales tax, abolish IRS,” by Amy B Wang, THE WASHINGTON POST,

Janary 25

“Following the Paris Agreement on the environment of 2015, many governments appeared to have finally risen to the occasion, by collectively agreeing that climate change is, indeed, the greatest danger facing humankind. That promising moment did not last for long, however, as the US Administration of Donald Trump reneged on Washington’s earlier commitment, thus weakening the resolve of others to lower greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030.”

“Strong Militaries, Weak Society: The Missing Story in the Global Firepower Ranking, by Ramzy Baroud, COUNTERPUNCH,

January 25

Say it aint so Joe

“Swiss Miss: FBI as ‘Good Guys’,” by James Bovard, COUNTERPUNCH,

January 25

Could not agree more. Fearless intelligent woman. Should have been president instead of Biden

“Warren: Debt Ceiling Crisis Wouldn’t Even Exist Without Trump Tax Overhaul,” by Sharon Zhang, TRUTHOUT,

January 24

Here’s another high minded technological article on the overall problem of Earthian human sustainability, discussing relevant points, but never mentioning the biggest cause of Earthian human unsustainability. You would not need to increase the size of the economy every year if you did not have an ever–increasing Earthian human population requiring the consumption and destruction of more and more Earthian resources every year to satisfy basic human needs, causing the consequent necessary pumping of more and more greenhouse gases into Earth’s atmosphere causing global warming. While the author of this article has some good ideas she as usual never mentions the elephant in the room: human over-fecundity. How to peacefully and painlessly reduce the human population aboard Spaceship Earth, that is the problem. The answer is to birth fewer Earthian humans every year than naturally die every year. The way to co-construct a peaceful and prosperous future for Earthian humans is to bake smaller global economic pies every year for a peacefully-caused smaller and smaller Earthian human population that shrinks more per year than the yearly Earthian economic pie, thus producing more pie per human alive on Earth despite reducing yearly the global production of goods and services around Spaceship Earth.

“From the Unsustainable Here to the Sustainable There,” by John Feffer, COUNTERPUNCH,

January 24

A nightmare scenario any way you look at it

“When Good Refugees Turn Bad,” by Binoy Kampmark, COUNTERPUNCH,

January 24

Of course. All they will do is look out for their own special interests. No agency with any significant power is looking out for the interests of Earthian humans as a whole.

“In the midst of a global food and energy crisis, the top 95 food and energy corporations more than doubled their profits in 2022, according to the report, making $306 billion in windfall profits and paying out $257 billion of that to rich shareholders, at the same time as nearly 1 billion people went hungry. Meanwhile, the Oxfam report warned that three-quarters of the world’s governments are planning austerity-driven public sector spending cuts, including health care and education, by a whopping $7.8 trillion over the next five years.”

Excerpt from below article

“Davos 2023 Showed Us a Ruling Class Incapable of Resolving Global Crises,” by William J. Robinson, TRUTHOUT,

January 24

I included the doomsday clock in my novel As the Rooster Crows Eartthian OKness increases. It’s set even closer to doomsday now than it was in my novel year before last.

“‘Doomsday Clock’ moves closest ever to midnight,” by Chris Kefkow, YAHOO NEWS,

January 23

I agree with his philosophy

“Nickola Tesla Explains His Philosophy On Life,” Nickola Tesla, NEW YORK TIMES, July 11, 1931,

January 23

Einstein said he thought Tesla was the smartest of all

“Why Socialism,” by Albert Einstein,

January 22

A new novel showing how to increase Earthian human OKness in a new kind of discussion process in democracy chapters around Spaceship Earth that might help save Spaceship Earth from the two modern horses of the apocalypse, global warming and climate change (GWCC) and militarization and nuclear weapons proliferation (MNWP).

The anonymous Kirkus reviewer was most likely a smart person, calling the novel a smart book on everything that’s wrong with the world, but s/he failed to mention anything about the major strength of the novel, which s/he says is only nominally a novel, since it does not follow the standard novel format for plotting and character development, saying most readers coming to the book looking for a story will be disappointed: the novel concludes by proposing a new discussion process that might help Earthian humans change their current course heading into hell on Earth. It is not like most novels since it includes forty characters randomly selected from all walks of life who are guaranteed equal opportunity to succeed in the plot by the protagonist, Rout Logger.


January 22

Scripted Earthian humans floating along in their babel ship

“People, we have a hole in the floor,” by Joshua Valenti,

January 22

Just click on the diagram to read the messages transmitted on the chain of ego states. This was first published in 1978 in my article “The Chain of Ego States” in the Transactional Analysis Journal. Shows how subordinates are scripted in organizations, including families. 1 can be a parent having been scripted by his/her parents transmitting the family script to his/her children, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The diagram can also be applied in other types of organizations such as corporations where 1 is the top leader and 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are his/her subordinates, who then transmit the family/organization script to his/her children or subordinates. Differentiated family scripts comprising various combinations of script messages can remain intact in a family for many generations if the scripts of both parents are similar at generational levels of the family tree.

“The Chain of Ego States,” by Richard John Stapleton, BORN TO LEARN,

January 22

As brute force political violence becomes more prevalent in the land ignorance and bigotry triumph over reason and compassion using edicts backed by force of law making a mockery of truth, fairness, and justice.

“As the Public Focuses on Book Bans, the Right is Quietly Defunding Libraries,” by Emily Drabinski, TRUTHOUT,

January 21

Say it aint so Joe

“America’s Inequality Problem in One Statistic,” by Sarah Anderson, COUNTERPUNCH,

January 21


“Is ‘Authoritarianism’ Really ‘Being Revealed to be Weak’ Around World,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH,

January 21

At issue is who owns the country, only the rich who have the money to buy it, or all the people of the country because they live and work there? Or, for that matter, who owns Spaceship Earth?

“Did Washington Boost Another South American Coup?, by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH,

January 21

Sadistic scheme to torture the poor and enrich the rich even more

“Democrats Lambast GOP Plan to Abolish Income Tax and Impose 30 Percent Sales Taz,” by Sharon Zhang, TRUTHOUT,

January 19

Sad times indeed

“America’s Costly , Dysfunctional Approach to Security is Making Us Ever Less Safe,” by William Hartung, COUNTERPUNCH,

January 19

“Latin Americans Can Call Fascist Coup Attempts Fascist but US-Americans Can’t,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH,

January 19

Nuclear bombs are a contemporary swinging Sword of Damocles hanging by a thread over the heads of all Earthian humans

“Putin ally warns NATO of nuclear war if Russia is defeated in Ukraine,” by Guy Falconbridge and Felix Light, YAHOO NEWS,

January 17

Here we go again. Who caused most of the Federal debt? Mostly Repug politicians, by voting to cut taxes for the ultra-rich and increase military spending to generate more bribe money from the ultra-rich and defense contractors to spend on advertising hype to get reelected.

“Biden and McCarthy clash over RAISING $31.4T debt limit,” by Emily Goodwin, DAILY MAIL,

January 17

About time

“The modern family size is changing. Four charts and a map show how,” by Aria Bendix and Joe Murphy, NBC NEWS,

January 15

About as bad as it gets

“The Far-Right Assault on Our Future,” by Stan Cox, COUNTERPUNCH,

January 15


“Health Care in Crisis: Warning! US Capitalism is Lethal,” by W. T. Whitney, COUNTERPUNCH,

January 15

Say it aint so Joe

“The Invisible Global Heat Danger Zone,” by Robert Hunziker, COUNTERPUNCH,

January 15

Here’s Eve Ottenberg again telling it like it is

“Jay Inslee’s signature issue in the last campaign was climate change. Since this is one of the three mammoth threats of our time – the other being nuclear war with either Beijing or Moscow and the third being fascism – that puts him head and shoulders above most other Dem candidates, even those to his so-called left. But he, like Hogan, has a marketing problem, to wit, he’s not insane. Because the media and the public they drive into a frenzy prefer kooks or overt fascists. Corporate news loved Trump, gave him unlimited coverage, and he’s about as unbalanced an individual as ever popped up in public life. Who knows what mentally ill soul or swastika-tattooed nutjob our news outfits will settle on next, but average candidates like Hogan or Inslee are at a disadvantage: they’re pretty good at their jobs, namely governance, and so commit the unpardonable media sin of being boring.”

“Vaguely Left Dems and Moderate Republicans – the Only Remaining Hope?” by Eve Ottenberg, COUNTERPUNCH,–FbpApk25l-0hc.

January 14

Some relevant facts about Cold War II

“USA vs Russia military power comparison 2022,” by Military Bosi, a video,

January 14

Good article. Abled or disabled, it was all caused by infinite cause-effect chains. Why should the abled have so many rewards they did not cause? This is a basic question most Earthian humans have not answered. See my new novel AS THE ROOSTER CROWS EARTHIAN OKNESS INCREASES for more background on the problem.

“Ablesim is the Driving Force Behind All Forms of Incarceration, says Abolitionist Talila Lewis,” by George Yancy, TRUTHOUT,–FbpApk25l-0hc.

January 14

No end of tricks in this business. Almost no way the average USian can know what is really going on

“Privatization Scam Threatens to Replace Traditional Medicine Altogether by 2030,” by John Geyman, TRUTHOUT,

January 14

Whoopee. More ransacking and pillaging of the USian interior. Before long the USian people won’t own anything in common, being subject to the whims of greedy private capitalistic owners, thanks to their agents in Washington, such as this jubilant one, and his cohorts.

“House Republicans Just Made It Easier for Congress to Give Away Public Lands,” by Mike Ludwig, TRUTHOUT,

January 14

Say it aint so Joe

“Trump Organization Hit With Maximum Fine of $1.6 million for Tax Evasion Scheme,” by Sharon Zhang, TRUTHOUT,

January 13

Hard to believe

“The Supreme Court Is About to Eviserate the Right to Strike,” by Marjorie Cohn, TRUTHOUT,

January 13

Say it aint so Joe

“The Fading of Washington’s Global Dreams and the Coming of a New World,” by Alfred W. McCoy, COUNTERPUNCH,

January 11

Yes, distractions from what might be done to ameliorate pressing problems in the here and now. A supreme irony is that the US is seen by others as a great place to immigrate into, given the horrendous economic and political problems inside the US, considering their countries to be much worse off, when the reality is that Spaceship Earth itself is in dire peril from GWCC and MNWP, global warming and climate change and militarization and nuclear weapons proliferation.

“The Political Hubris of Long-Term Plans,” by Patrick Cockburn, COUNTEPUNCH,

January 10

Still don’t know exactly what “I brought the tiger” means but this sheds light on what is going on. sounds like serious hardball. Based on this video Gaetz and McCarthy are the two weirdest dudes I have seen and heard in the US House.

“Confrontation Between Kevin McCarthy and Matt Gaetz Gets The Bad Lip Reading Treatment,” GOD PODCAST,

January 8

Very sad. See my article “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” for more background on the problem

“Free Speech and Academic Freedom in the American Corporate University,” by David Schult, COUNTERPUNCH,


Establishing democracy chapters around Spaceship Earth as recommended in the Effective Learning Publications novel As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases might develop consensual answers regarding existential matters from the bottom up that might help save Spaceship Earth. These ideas would filter up to randomly-selected humans who would count the consensual answers to make necessary changes. Consensual tactics, strategies, and policies would then be developed around Earth for dealing with the computerized Spaceship Earth management system, operated and controlled using artificial intelligence programming and supercomputers.

Randomly-selected groups of Earthian humans of high intelligence with impeccable moral and ethical character and credentials would control codes for changing the Earthian Magnum Computer System programming to implement bottom-up recommendations of millions of members in discussions in democracy chapters around Spaceship Earth. Each member of the group in charge of the codes for the magnum computer system would serve limited terms. These members would not vote or decide what to do. They would see to it that the computer system implemented the consensual answers of millions of Earthian humans from all walks of life, as determined by honest, free, fair, and frank democratic Game-free discussions in democracy chapters all around Spaceship Earth, as explained and shown in As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases. The overall objective would be to manage the system in such a way as to maximize the lifetime satisfactions of all Earthian humans, as well as all other species of life aboard Spaceship Earth, while insuring the indefinite functioning of all Spaceship Earth ecosystems.

Necessary moral and ethical requirements and constraints could be programmed in the Magnum Management System that Earthian humans at the top would be obliged to obey. If changes should be made in the moral and ethical codes in the overall program they would be sent back to the Earthian democracy chapters for discussion and then tabulated and analyzed before algorithms programmed in the system would create changes in the MMS operating system.  

This Magnum Computerized Management System would require a strict system of security controls like the current codes of nations possessing nuclear weapons, hopefully providing security several magnitudes more secure than current nuclear codes, to make sure a madman could not get in control of any aspect of the Magnum Spaceship Earth Management System.

A management system such as this would significantly improve previous systems used around Spaceship Earth that have historically empowered fickle, egotistical, greedy, power mad, grandiose, poorly educated, not-very-bright individual Earthian humans to make existential decisions affecting the OKness of thousands, millions, and billions of humans around Earth, an incredibly dumb thing to do, that has been done over and over again for millennia, resulting in incredible losses and suffering at various moments of history caused by the unfair and indiscriminate inexorable tunneling out of Bad, OK, or Good Luck for hundreds, thousands, millions, or billons of Earthian humans around Spaceship Earth at all times since time immemorial, resulting from the cosmic evolution commencing with the creation of the Universe some ten billion years ago.

A tough lesson for Earthian humans to accept propositioned in Effective Learning Publications books is that everything that happens in human states of affairs is either predetermined or accidental and therefore individuals are not to blame or praise for what happens in human states of affairs. This is easier to swallow after accepting that believing and acting otherwise will support and perpetuate the I’m OK–You’re Not OK life position that has bedeviled, sabotaged, and undermined Earthian humans since time immemorial, making losers out of most of them.

About the only way significant numbers of Earthian humans can be caused to be significantly changed psychologically and socially by others is through democratic face to face discussions in honest serious and rigorous dialectical, dialogical, analogical arguing about facts using reasoning of all kinds, dealing with Earthian human existential states of affairs.

What is considered natural, unnatural; normal, abnormal; right, wrong; ethical, unethical; righteous, sinful; worthy, unworthy; or sane or insane by a particular Earthian human is caused by information lodged in her/his brain caused to be lodged there by the concatenation of infinite cause-effect chains causing her/him to exist and slowly inch through the Earthian worm hole of existence inexorably tunneled out for her or him by her/his specific unbroken infinitely-regressing cause-effect chains inexorably-progressing throughout his/her infinitesimally short cosmic life, regardless of how Bad, OK, or Good that luck or fate might be as judged by any Earthian human; and all Earthian humans must keep on inching forward in their worm holes as best they can dealing with inevitable problems and opportunities caused to exist at that stage in their unique tunnels, as they are knocked around like balls in a pin-ball machine, as events inevitably and/or accidentally happen in their so-called real worlds, and in their subconscious and conscious minds, however Bad, OK, or Good their inherited Luck might have absolutely been, which cannot be proved, however easy it might be to relatively estimate.

It follows that changing the life scripts of Earthian humans for the better requires changing the course of unique tunnels of existence in which individual humans accidentally and inevitably live, a tall order indeed. Some biological constructivists would consider this notion a pipedream, while considering the whole process a meaningless drift in the infinity of time and space.

What is God? Whatever it was that caused the Universe to exist.

Constructivism is considered relevant in Effective Learning Publications books recommended below, having been discussed in some detail in Business Voyages and listed as a source in the bibliographies of three books.

For more information on the use of Transactional Analysis  to create better discussion groups and democratic processes read Born to Learn:  A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning

For more information on how to co-construct better organizations and economic systems using transactional analysis read Business Voyages:  Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds

Read free “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc,”   for some management science ideas on how Earthian humans might eventually co-construct an economic system that is viable and satisfying for everyone aboard Spaceship Earth, making it possible for all Earthian humans to develop an I’m OK–You’re OK life position. 

Read As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases.

 This recently-published novel shows how to conduct a new kind of seminar invented and coordinated by Rout Logger, the protagonist of the novel, that might reduce the probability of Earthian human extinction that requires participants in a seminar to speak out and up when randomly selected by a Truther rooster positioned in the center of a randomly-selected group of forty humans sitting in a circle. The Truther rooster resembles a spinning weather vane. The rooster is programmed to bob its head up and down and raucously crow after being twirled by a randomly-selected seminar participant, as it spins round and round winding down, letting group members know it’s time to wake up and get to work, before it’s too late. When the Truther rooster stops spinning whoever is at the end of a line of imaginary fire extending from the rooster’s beak to her or him sitting in the circle is automatically selected as the Leader of the Moment for the group, proving pure democracy can happen. The Leader of the Moment must then lead the group into a democratic discussion of what s/he considers the most serious existential problem around Spaceship Earth.  Forty participants from all walks of life were paid $5000 monthly for participating in weekend seminars conducted in central city hotels in various cities randomly selected around the US. If randomly selected as the Leader of the Moment the participant had to define what s/he thought was the most important problem facing Spaceship Earth, present alternatives, and make a recommendation for change. What s/he said would then be discussed by members of the group on a free-flow first come-first serve basis. It was against the law of the seminar to interrupt speakers or raise hands to get permission to speak. Discussions lasted until they ran out of steam with most issues covered. The results of the discussions would be published to the wealthy donors financing the process and the Earthian public.

Rout Logger was convinced most Earthian humans would not volunteer to participate in this sort of seminar to merely help save Spaceship Earth from GWCC and/or MNWP using their Nurturing Parent, Adult, and Free Child Ego States, given the reality that their life time and energy was already programmed and consumed with various forms of withdrawal, rituals, pastimes, psychological Games, activities, and intimacy in their unique tunnels of reality, as they acted out their inherited life scripts; so they were paid $5000 per month to participate in a Game-free, Adult-Adult democratic seminar that would require them to honestly discuss existential problems with forty other participants from disparate walks of life, if they were randomly selected by the spinning Truther Rooster as the Leader of the Moment.

According to Effective Learning Publications books, achieving Earthian human sustainability entails such things as Earthian humans peacefully reducing through natural attrition (natural deaths exceeding births) the human population aboard Spaceship Earth, never doing work that machines can do better, and delegating the day-to-day management of systems for scheduling, producing, and distributing the necessities of life to artificial intelligence programs and supercomputers, assuming sufficient quantities of non-human clean energy can be discovered and developed using mind grants.

The general algorithmic matrix algebra form below can help bring this state of affairs about,

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi,

explained in “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.” at  .

This mathematical formulation might one happy day develop for Earthian humans power in economics loosely analogous to the power of E=mc2 in physics. This formulation, Max or Min CjXj, subject to, AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi, is a general form of the linear programming model, which has been around for many years in management science, operations research, and linear algebra courses.

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi symbolizes knowledge that gives the Earthian human species about as much potential power to perpetuate itself as Albert Einstein’s formula E=mc2 symbolizes knowledge that gives the Earthian human species the power to exterminate itself.

Riding aboard an airliner about to land at night traveling at four hundred miles an hour at thirty-five thousand feet with clouds, rain, wind, and lightning below, what would you rather have figuring out the path, speed, and angle of descent of the aircraft for touch-down, the plane’s auto-pilot, radar, and computer system or the pilot and co-pilot, seeing nothing out their windows below but clouds and lightning?

The main reason why delegating the scheduling, production, and distribution of the necessities of life to AI programs and magnum computers would be a good idea is that magnum computers and algorithmic AI programs do not get greedy and power hungry or play psychological Games. Thus far in Earthian human history most leaders and rulers atop large organizations such as nations have become corrupt one way or another playing psychological Games, acting out selfish greedy ego trips, hogging all the power, money, strokes, stimulation, and recognition they could get their hands on for themselves and their cronies, leaving the hindmost to their underlings. Whatever their limitations and possible threats, algorithmic computer programs and super computers are not egotistical, greedy, and power-hungry.

Thanks to Buckminster Fuller for providing the above airplane-landing metaphor in his book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, first published in 1969, and for planting seeds for other ideas in the essay “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.,” published in the Effective Learning Report, such as computers being the best hope for mankind and humans not doing work machines can do better, being paid to think instead with what Fuller called mind grants. Fuller said unemployment all around Spaceship Earth could be eliminated overnight with mind grants. Buckminster Fuller was the inventor of the appellations Earthian and Spaceship Earth.   

Most Earthian humans like to win BALANCE SHEET psychological Games, to feel superior and lord it over others, regardless if Spaceship Earth is going to hell in a handbasket around them because of global warming and climate change (GWCC) and militarization and nuclear weapons proliferation (MNWP), regardless of how much they have failed in other areas of their lives, and regardless of how heinous were crimes and misdemeanors they may have gotten away with in the process of amassing their riches, since they were saved, as it were, by taking in and controlling more almighty monetary units than other lesser mortals, saved, hallelujah, as if by Jesus, who forgave them their sins.

If you want to learn more about transactional analysis, such as Ego States, Scripts, and psychological Games, read Born to Learn: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning.

Most Earthian humans know what it is to be egotistical, but they have little understanding of how specific human egotistical manifestations, such as Parent, Adult, and Child ego states, can be used to control and manipulate human behavior for nefarious ends.

One of the biggest egotists of Earthian human history, a narcissist, playing BALANCE SHEET psychological Games, is Donald Trump of the US. He is also a world-class liar and loser playing BALANCE SHEET, and he might go to jail for it, just like other political USian BALANCE SHEET psychological Game players in the US have, such as Georgia US representative, Bo Ginn, in 1995, and cotton farmer Billie Sol Estes of Pecos, Texas in 1965, who had political ties to the USian president from Texas Lyndon Johnson.

Trump psychologically told voters and bankers using his Parent ego state he was extorting votes and money from he was a stable genius and billionaire who could pay them back for their votes and loans. How many billions worth of a billionaire he was he never said, at least not to voters, arithmetic not being his strong suit; but it now appears it’s possible he’s no billionaire at all, using generally-accepted accounting principles and real market values, which he has refused to show since walking on the USian political stage for the 2016 presidential election. It’s possible he’s no kind of naire at all, not even a millionaire, having liabilities that exceed the market value of his assets, being close to bankruptcy.

It now appears as shown in recent public posts that Trump, his loyal Trump Organization lackeys, and his chosen loyal family members lied to bankers about his net worth to get loans, proving once again that “All that glitters is not gold.”

P.T. Barnum is said to have proved there’s a sucker born every minute. If so, Trump may have proved there’s a sucker born every second, in high and low places.

If you feel you’ve gained value from THE EARTHIAN, go to the Internet or any walk-in bookstore around Spaceship Earth and purchase or order one or more Effective Learning Publications books. As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases is the latest and probably most engaging Effective Learning Publications book, including an overview of USian economic history, including the Trumpian affair. Rout Logger is the protagonist of the novel story. It’s available now at for immediate unrestricted digital reading on any device as a Kindle book for $4.99. You can read it free at Amazon in a restricted KDP option.

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Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA would spin the spinner of his Classroom De-Gamer™ in his classes to randomly select a student at the beginning of each class session to lead a discussion of the case assigned for the day, a case taken from a planned or operating business prepared by case writers at Georgia Southern, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Alabama.

Grades were based eighty percent on class participation in dialectical discussions about what to do about problems and opportunities found in cases; the rest of the final grade was based on two case write-ups. One write-up was about what the student observed, researched, analyzed, and wrote about an existing business in the local environment or a business plan the student created. The other write-up was an analysis of a case researched and written by professors about a business assigned as the final exam. Cases used in his courses contained processes, problems, opportunities, and data occurring in all functional areas of business such as entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, operations management, control, management information systems, and business policy and strategy.

He has published refereed journal articles and books explaining how his democratic Game-free Adult-Adult I’m OK–You’re OK case method system works, by banishing Persecutors, Rescuers, and Victims playing psychological Games from the teaching and learning process, first documented in an article titled “The Classroom De-Gamer” he published in 1978 in the Transactional Analysis Journal. He has published seven books and over one hundred articles in various media containing cases, research data, and essays on teaching and learning and management policies and practices.

He learned and trained using transactional analysis with Martin Groder, MD; Graham Barnes, PhD; Vann Joines, PhD; and many others at the Southeast Institute at Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1975-1978).

He learned how the case method works teaching with Bernard Bienvenu, DBA and Rexford Hauser, DBA (Harvard Business School doctorates) at the University of Louisiana– Lafayette in 1969-70.

He has a BS in economics (1962), an MBA in organizational behavior (1966), and a PhD in management science (1969) from Texas Tech University, and an organizational and educational certification in transactional analysis (CTA) from the International Transactional Analysis Association (1978).

He taught his own case method track at the undergraduate level in the management department of the business school at Georgia Southern University offering four or five different elective case method courses each academic year (1970-2005), in which he led, coordinated, and graded about twenty-five or so students each year who took all or most of those case method courses in their junior and senior years, of about two hundred students who signed up for all his courses each year. He used a democratic circle or amphitheater classroom layout in all his classes. He also taught most semesters two sections of a capstone integrative business policy course he added to the business school curriculum in 1970 that was required for all undergraduate business majors that could be elected by any student in any major.  He was the only professor in the business school to use the case method in any course.

His students agreed to a course learning contract that stipulated they would read the facts of the case before class and would lose a whole letter grade from the course final grade if the De-Gamer randomly caught them obviously not having read the case before class, if they had not slipped a note under his office door before class telling him they had not read the case, which they could do twice during the course without penalty.

About ten percent of his students made A’s and about five percent made D’s. Most made C’s, which is about right, since C = Average. There were few F’s in his courses. The main criterion for course grades was the quantity and quality of ideas sold by students in case method discussions. He used peer ratings to give students feedback showing what their fellow students thought about the quantity and quality of their ideas sold in class, having made it clear the final decision about final grades was his. He did not believe in Lake Wobegon grading.

No student was ever forced to take one of his courses to graduate, and the most hardened Game-players in the school did not sign up for his courses after he issued his Edict of 1972 in which he clearly spelled out in his syllabi the penalty for getting caught unprepared. His Classroom De-Gamer™ was roundly discussed by students in bull sessions across campus every year and was labeled various things, such as The Wheel of Fate and The Death Wheel. Most students near the end of his career simply called it The Spinner.

He appreciated Georgia Southern honoring his academic freedom by allowing him control of his teaching methods, classroom layouts, grading procedures, and course books, cases, and materials, some of which he researched, wrote, and published. He was promoted to full professor at age thirty-six.

He collected longitudinal research data using questionnaires in 1992 showing his case method students during 1972-1982 reported higher yearly incomes in 1992 than students electing the same courses in 1972-1982 taught by professors using the authoritarian lecture method and the militaristic row and column classroom layout, who graded students based on memorizing or calculating  “right answers” for tests, indicating learners learning in Adult–Adult I’m OK–You’re OK Game-free democratic learning processes graded subjectively became more successful in the real world of business than learners lectured to and graded using so-called objective multiple-choice tests.  

Only former students who had worked in the real world ten or more years after graduating from the Georgia Southern business school were included in the study. The data are shown, analyzed, and discussed in full in “Evidence the Case Method Works” in his book Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, 2008, pg. 475). The data were also used in several refereed articles.

For more information on related classroom management ethical issues see Stapleton, R.J. and Murkison, G. (2001), “Optimizing the fairness of student evaluations: A study of correlations between instructor excellence, study production, learning production, and expected grades,” in the Journal of Management Education, 25(3), 269-292.

Stapleton had one of the lowest student grade point averages among professors in the business school and was one of the lowest-ranked professors as an instructor on computerized campus-wide student evaluations that weighted only instructor excellence scores up to 2000; but he was one of the highest-ranked professors in a computerized student evaluation he designed that generated data also showing and weighting study production, learning production, and expected grades scores for each professor, published in “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations.”

To read the Optimizing Fairness article in full, go to . After this research was published, Georgia Southern in 2001 added study production, learning production, and expected grades questions to the student evaluation form used campus-wide.

“Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” has by now (October 24, 2022) been cited as a reference in 83 refereed journal articles concerned about the ethics of student evaluations in several academic disciplines, including eight new citations since April 2021.

He retired at Georgia Southern as the senior professor of the university in 2005.

As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein propositioned, “The case is all there is.”

If so, everything else said about Earthian human states of affairs is a rendition of what was or might be.

For more on Stapleton’s cultural, educational, and professional experiences see “RJS Academic Vita,” at  

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