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Climate: advancing in the war of the memes

In our new world of productive abstraction and "higher IQ" we have a task never before possible:
The numbers are in - our climate is on a path to present more change than humans can adapt to.

The technology and the need are all present to avoid this outcome.
The only impediment now is a war of memes - truth against fiction.
The battle for political will.

My idea is to arm ourselves with the memic weaponry being utilised by the untruthful against us (the truthful).

Please help me construct memic missiles to turn the tide.

Here is my first salvo:
There are no climate deniers any more - only time-wasters.

This missile is deployed against denialists by simply saying "oh - you are a time waster?" and refraining from using the word "denier"

It explodes by popping the dignity of denial hidden under a false veil of prudence. Then the capsule of "denialism" ceases to become a flag under which to rally.

Can you suggest some more potential memic munitions?
We will need as many as we can get.

"Make no mistake" this is a "war on ignorance"

And, as the numbers show, the stakes are high.

Let us make sure that this war does not produce its opposite like "the war on terror" and "the war on drugs".
Let us actually fight to win. Wouldn't that be a refreshing change!

Let the army of the honest prevail.

Unleash the memes of truth!

etc ... etc ... ad infinitum

(Time-wasters would be advised not to participate here - you will be used for target practice)

Topics: climate change

Closing Statement from Mitch SMith


2 years ago, I got in touch with my brother to warn him about the impending personal challenges that we will have to face as energy goes into the chaotic weather system that we all live in. AKA climate change.

My brother said I was an idiot - that his church assures him that this is a political piece of rubbish that we can safely ignore.

I was shocked. I am his brother, and he prefers his church.

I tried to let him know, that from my understanding of chaos math, that when this happens, you will not see trends - you will see a massive increase in the dynamics you face .. for instance, el-nino will start getting larger an start becoming more sudden.

Averages will look the same, but in-between, things will get more "bangy".

I was wrong - averages show clear temperature trends - but I was right - listen to the on-the-ground experiences. The winds are becoming more dynamically gusty .. the temperatures are plunging from one extreme to the next, rainfall bangs between drought and flood overnight.

This is climate change.

My brother agrees with me now - because his church recently told him so. So I took the opportunity to let him watch the methane question .. and put him on the list of people to leave behind - we cannot afford time wasters - there is not room left for love.

I am going off grid.

Climate change manifests through our institutions - they are betraying us like falling dominos.
Motherhood, healthcare, education, money, government, markets, technology - all of these no longer work.

They have all been blown flat - not by average forces .. but by explosive "gusts" of change.

Abandon adaptation - recover adaptability.

Turn - face, enjoy - do not look back - let the time wasters burn..

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    Oct 4 2013: Memetic bullets are good... but all the ammunition in the world will not be useful without a good strategy/policy. Here's a way to create/choose/integrate policy so that those shots can be more effective: http://www.academia.edu/3169615/draft_version_of_using_integrative_propositional_analysis_to_choose_between_policy_proposials


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      Oct 4 2013: Hi Steve,

      Many thanks!

      I have lodged the paper in my favourite links and will spend a day or 2 getting through it.

      When Nancy Regan used "just say no" - it did indeed spread through the "sociosphere" very nicely as a viable meme - but it did not contain a viable payload - and had no measurable affect on personal policy outcomes.

      Crafting the "time-waster" meme has a payload: the un-hooking of engagement to climate denial claims.
      This should have the affect, not of creating climate agreement, but of easing the passage of the opinion phase-shift already in progress.

      I saw a presentation recently which described policy outcomes as being trapped in a local minimum. The argument was that incumbent interest prevented action and went on to say that externalising carbon cost was deepening the local minimum - the cure for which was a carbon tax to reduce the latent hump preventing egress to the absolute minimum - having a reduced latency, the policy initiative would require only a small push (disruption such as another Colorado flood or Sandy).
      The deepened local minimum - made deeper by denial would require something much more disruptive .. like the total destruction of a country .. or a biblical famine. The numbers suggest tat if we reach the biblical events before we undertake mitigation, it will be far too late.

      My current approach is to examine the communication medium and the codons at work within it.
      I will read your paper in detail - it will probably help.

      I'll post again tomorrow .
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      Oct 5 2013: Hi Steve,

      I agree with your propositional analysis method.

      It is an effective way to navigate through the perceptional structures at work in asserted communication.

      Policy-making, as you have observed, is largely done according to prejudice. This is moderated, to some extent by using the thesis/antithesis -> synthesis method - which is the basis of the modern adversarial system of law.
      And as you also observe, it is not effective. As a system of legislation, it loses effectiveness due to its inability to address prejudice.
      It also reinforces inherent polarisation.

      So where do these things come from (prejudice/polarisation)?

      I have a draft paper I'm working on that suggests a useful way to understand perception - not as a causal statement, but as a structural framework that can be used to discern the operation of perception - and some of its strengths/shortcomings.
      It's in a very preliminary form and will be further developed to look at the disparate coding methods that serve adaptation in specific media. I can send it to you if you like?

      In this thread, I am interested in 1. the acceptance of climate change as a primary motivator, 2. The nature of memes in the communication medium of language. 3. Exploration of memes as active agents for the result(1) - in a rough experimental framework.

      Referring to the question of prejudice/polarisation. My work suggests that this is largely a result of default tribal social structure manifesting in non-tribal settings.
      It is a biophysical manifestation - I suspect it has a lot to do with the number of other people that a human can track within the autobiographical-self substratum of the human brain(Damasio).
      Strangers and acquaintances cannot be afforded trust (false positive bias).
      It is the false positive bias over-laid on extra-tribal setting which induces polarisation.
      Prejudice, on the other hand, is further exacerbated by the nature of network local minima.
      In an adaptive topology, all minima are relatively local.

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