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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 5 2013: Mitch,

    I appreciate your kind words about my humble IPA. More of my stuff is at: http://projectfast.org/resources-for-researchers/

    yes - I would be interested in reading your paper - please send me a copy: swallis [at] projectfast.org

    You might also look at the work of suedfeld and tetlock on "integrative complexity" - they use a different method of analysis but we are (more or less) pursuing the same idea. http://www2.psych.ubc.ca/~psuedfeld/index2.html

    As to where prejudices come from... I found that to be so fuzzy that I gave up and focused on the conceptual systems that might provide something to measure/work with.

    Remind me also to send you my paper on using IPA to analyze the structure of Gandhi's ethics.

    In short, part of the answer we are looking for (imho) is that we are trying to understand a moving perspective from a moving perspective. I would suggest that our belief systems (including prejudices) are like policies. That is to say that they are a structured set of interrelated ideas. In another paper under submission (an analysis of policy in Peru), I suggest that we can look at the structure of a policy and identify what parts are stronger and weaker.

    So... combining the two... it might be possible to map the structure of understanding/prejudice for an individual and or for a group. With such a map, we may be able to identify parts of the prejudice that are amenable to change and which ones are more structurally "fixed." Such an analysis *might* show us where to target our memetic volleys. This could be set up as kind of an experiment... interesting possibilities!


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      Oct 6 2013: Hi Steve,

      Paper sent. Interested in your comments on it.

      When a moving node has need to track another moving node, the Bayesian method is quite effective.
      Wolpert outlines this better than I've seen elsewhere:

      It is very handy to have your method as a second "entry-point" to the subject.

      For instance - One of my current explorations is the adaptive system structure of tribes.
      Your comments prompt me to understand that prejudice can be a part of the totemic force at work in tribal identity.
      The totem is important - it is through the totem that an entire tribal surplus can be expropriated by an external agency (AKA propaganda, AKA religion, AKA nationalism, AKA advertising etc).
      So an effective meme might seek to follow the totemic "insertion" and either destabilise/destroy the insertion (difficult) or strengthen the tribal immune-system (if there is such a thing).
      It seems likely that such totemic perversions will be anchored in some opiate response in the brains of the victims. (Gabor Mate has done some work on this). IT might be found that the anchor-point will have some other purpose which has been hijacked.

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