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Mitch SMith


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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 9 2013: Mitch,

    I like the way you are thinking!

    Hmmm... reminds me of the Nelson Manella speech - something along the lines of: our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure.

    Hmmm... just hinking out loud... "look what we accidentally did to the world working as individuals, alone. Imagine what we might do working together - with purpose!


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      Oct 9 2013: Hi Steve,

      The whole issue has value in exploration.
      I am beginning to see, more and more, that most human problems have political roots.
      By "political" I mean the basic social nature of humans.
      By "nature" I mean the built-in structure of human social dynamics.

      Language forms part of tribal identity. Most of the rest of it is formed by ideology.
      Ideology is largely geographical - forming from tradition and other inter-generational formative adaptations.

      When these localisations become diluted by mass-media and communications, one looses sight of the actual function of specific structures - they become abstracted.

      However, I believe that the default structure remains.

      Any successful meme will conform to that default.
      Firstly it must hold attention - through novelty or identity, secondly it must carry a totemic value (ideology).

      In this case it is a process of recruitment and appeal to tribal contribution.
      To be particularly effective, it would enlist people to gain action through local identity .. re-tribalising groups into effective operating cells of 3 to 150 people. This is the essence of "grass-roots" .
      The problem is to encourage the effect without becoming just another ideological syphon of local identity and agency.

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