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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 8 2013: Mitch,

    I appreciate your kind words - and other off-line conversations. More perspectives are better, A growing idea in some academic circles is "triangulation" - that we can't really understand something until it has been analyzed using three (or more) approaches).

    You do bring up an interesting idea... that some may be addicted to certain ideas.

    You make some good points. At the moment, it seems difficult or impossible to be sure if any given meme would help or hinder. Given the variety of people and groups, a meme that helped one group to change their minds might simply strengthen the resolve of another group to remain entrenched.

    To delve into the specific theories of what might work... or not... I would need to do a lot of analysis on existing theories. Which, sadly, I don't have the time for.

    Just a couple of quick anecdotes... The "got milk" campaign was very catchy. But mainly because it had a huge amount of money supported the many repetitions.

    When religious fanatics predict the end of the world... and it does not end... I think I recall somewhere that 90% become disenchanted... while about 10% become even more fervent supporters.


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      Oct 8 2013: Memes are very interesting phenomena.
      For instance, the "nyan cat" meme had absolutely no functional or cognitive content and was a particularly successful meme. It might be possible that it triggers an unintended opiate response via the primary field of perception.
      When we use words (extrinsic information) for a meme, it operates in the autobiographical-self substratum - in the field of secondary perception.
      It therefore relies on common language as a medium - and through that to any opiate channel in the brain.
      For instance, (as a conjecture) the "LOL" meme is propagating nicely - partly because it includes the datum of laughter - which has direct access to neural opiate responses via the empathy mechanism.
      Similarly the "I [heart-shape]NY" thing propagated well, along with the "I [heart-shape] ..." derivatives.

      So I suppose our memic munitions might work better if they contain a subliminal opiate. i.e. positive words and symbols.

      Perhaps something like "Climate action for fun and profit" or "Solar smells nicer"?

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