The War on Sensemaking

Richard Stanley

Administrator
The following is a 2 hour talk by Daniel Schmachtenberger about the dynamics of human social interactions, and how our growing use of memes, now amplified by technology, is impacting us. Basically, memes targeted towards 'Winning' are much more successful than memes targeted towards spreading 'Truth', the latter much more difficult to determine in a complex Reality. This where even 'experts' are forced to accept most of their 'truths' by various proxy agents, many or most of which have agendas.

The biggest source of 'Winning' memes (usually lies) are various markets, where the Sellers' interests are not as Win/Win oriented as they would like the Buyers to believe.

The very beginning is a little obtuse, covering basic material and such, but starts gathering steam after bit. At 51 minutes in it gets very interesting from a Postflavian perspective, talking about religion. For instance, how the core tenets of Christianity, of Peace and Foregiveness, get functionally inverted -- by the fractally competing meme factories.

At the end he discusses possible directions to steer past this.

 

Richard Stanley

Administrator
The following is perhaps something of a corollary to the above, in discussing just how our perceptional framework, especially regarding our self-imagery in relation to the surrounding environment, is formed at the earliest ages. Most of this (highly cultural) process is handed down from generation to generation without much thought, frequently taken from such as religious fake wisdom. Here a young children are traumatized to be afraid of various things, some of which is correct, but in many cases the range of scary matters is vastly too large. Or, similarly children are taught, by their parents and teachers, etc., to believe that they are stupid when they are not, and thus this impacts them for their entire lives. Hence, all the neurotic people in the world -- and I have to wonder if such as this is the real main cause for the noted brain responses between 'conservatives' and 'liberals'. That these differences are mainly 'imprinted' and not genetic.

The presentation goes on to discuss how one can overcome and reprogram their reactions to such 'scary' matters.

 
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