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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 10 2013: Mitch,

    I'm not sure I understand. you want to promote memes that encourage people to be more ecologically responsible AND form into tribal groups? Or, is the solution to ecological responsibility the creation of tribal groups? Either way is rather tricky. After all, we once had only those tribal groups... and where we are today is the result of those groups. So, I can't see that forming tribal groups is a "cure" for the situation.


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      Oct 10 2013: Just thinking out loud I suppose.

      But yes - as I see it, the only solution to emissions and the root cause of them is to de-collectivise humanity. Then we are not capable of committing global suicide.

      Think of it as a grand "anti-trust" action that shatters all collectives into groups of no more than 150 productive adults.

      This is, in essence, what the "corporation" attempts to do - but ultimately fails to do. A corporation is a template tribal formula - and it's pretty damn good - the part which is missing is the size limit - beyond which all things become dysfunctional.

      I call it "the limits of complexity" . It's a human capacity limit .. my draft paper deals with it in passing - it is a neuro-physiological determinant, beyond which we cannot go without genetic mutation .. or a successful "singularity" event in artificial-intelligence-prophylactis .. I.E the technological extension of human capacity for complexity.

      I have indicated elsewhere that such a singularity cannot occur without recognising the need for within-loop-potentiation for any tool to actually extend the capacity of the inherent human "self" .

      So there's a pending bifurcation - either humans achieve the singularity through AI augmentation or direct genetic modification, or we retreat to what we already have as an evolved participant of the planet.

      The technological solution is subject to infinite risk - it will be based on a local minimum that no science can (or will) give certitude .. the numbers indicate that such a certitude is universally impossible. For instance, any direct modification of the human genome would be an example of adaptation at the cost of adaptability
      The requirement for computer-based mental augmentation would require quantum-scale computing .. and why do that? Evolved biology already has that solution.

      Re-tribalisation will prove to be the solution - whether we choose it, or the biosphere chooses for us.

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