We suppose that we are starting a cult here.

Cult. (n) 1. The philosophical consequences of a Substantial assumption about the nature of reality. 2. A new religious movement. Often applied pejoratively.

These are the various levels of induction. These should not be understood or applied in isolation. They are partially ways of selecting for people educated in specific sub-cultures. It is important to note that initiates are expected to start at the highest numbers and work their way to third, second, and first ranks.

This is partially a mystery cult; many of the tenets must be deduced by the initiate and are not written publicly or privately.

  1. Must be familiar with the workings of the strong and weak forces.
  2. Must have read Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Foucault's Pendulum, the Feynman Lectures on Physics, and the works of Robert Anton Wilson.
  3. Must have read Gödel, Escher, Bach, or at least basic set theory, Godel's incompleteness theorems, and the Mumonkan. Must be familiar with all major world religions and ethical creeds.
  4. Must have read Ender's Game, the Foundation Series, and The Three Body Problem. Must be familiar with philosophers from St. Anselm through Peter Singer.
  5. Must have a degree of secondary education.
  6. Ability to pass the The Matter of America test battery.