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Subject:Advice on publishing needed
Time:12:09 am
Current Mood:distresseddistressed

In a couple of days I'll finish an HTML document which connects ideas from memetics, evolution, psychology, neural anatomy, cultural anthropology, and complexity to explain why humanity has had so much difficulty facing the climate crisis. Not a shred of original research, but a new paradigm for who we are. Even the title sounds like hyperbole, "Darwinian Limitation and Transcendental Opportunity." 

I'm an unpublished retired teacher. This will never be accepted, as is, by The Journal of Memetics, for example. In my experience of reviewers for journals, they don't actually read the hundreds of submissions. They look at the first few sentences and judge the academic style. There's a correct framing for academics in a field writing for their fellow academics. If I submit it, the document will lay about for three months and get fifty second glances by three people, who will see hyperbole. It's addressed to climate crisis concerns, and begins with those, not with memetic jargon. 

So how can I possibly get the ideas even read by people who might understand them, to get in the door? It's too cross disciplinary and I have no academic institution behind me. 

I've considered the Climate Outreach and Information Network, because George Marshall explicitly called for ideas on how the climate crisis can be seen as an opportunity. But this is evading peer review. Suggestions?

3/19/11 Here's a summary:

Our helpless response to climate destabilization is part of a larger problem, arising from Universal Darwinism. When memetics is treated as a unifying scientific theory, as Richard Brodie suggests, and we step back to view gene and meme evolution from a complex systems perspective, a new framing emerges to explain climate change denial. The language of blame and provisional self esteem inherent in Dominator culture have prevented us from embracing insights into human nature revealed by science, and taking collective responsibility. A memetic/complex systems approach provides the rationale for a deeper embrace of science, in order to reinvent our "selves" to face the climate crisis. While we face humanity's greatest threat, we also face our greatest opportunity.

 

 

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Subject:Memetics Discussions
Time:12:43 pm
Current Mood:interested
Hello,

It seems as though there are very few active places to discuss memetics online anymore. It's unfortunate but the notion of memetics as a legitimate course of study seems to be dying out.

I joined the Mememachine group at tribe.net several months ago, and even since then it seems to have slowed to almost nothing.

The newsgroup alt.memetics is barely active as well.

I find the concept of memes fascinating, but it seems as though its base has pretty much burned out.
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Subject:llorando
Time:02:13 pm
now I know one reason I tend to start my work day by checking William Gibson's blog:

http://www.cryingwhileeating.com/
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Subject:Penn and Teller Bullshit! : Creationism and the Bible
Time:06:18 pm
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Time:12:50 pm
Current Mood:hopefulhopeful
I just started a community dedicated to Richard Dawkins. I figured that some in this community might be interested:

With his new book coming out in October, a recent TV series and some lectures coming up, it seems there's much to discuss :) I aim to provide a community where Dawkins' ideas on everything - religion, science, politics - can be properly discussed and debated. Please join! :)
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Subject:jacket
Time:05:20 pm
William Gibson quit updating his blog that often because it was distracting him from his writing so I almost missed his December 31st Entry - which is a strange tangent in how to write obscure artifacts into existence - but I don't think it works unless you're William Gibson.
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Subject:Memetic Warfare
Time:03:09 pm
Has anyone here intentionally, and successfully, committed memetic warfare? The resource I use to define it is Everything2.com (it's a short and sweet definition). My question is, how exactly does one go about determining a 'pacifist' meme, and how exactly to properly attach a 'rider' meme?
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Subject:naljubuites'
Time:03:44 pm

I recently finished the 26-episode first season of "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex". Much like the movies, it is quite packed with philosophy, cyberpunk, and blowing things up. It is one of those alternate universes that show up in anime sometimes - in this case, a GITS universe where the Major never had that encounter with the Puppet Master. Much of the first season arc focuses on the existence or non-existence of the "Laughing Man" - who may be a real hacker, a pop culture manifestation, a tool for market manipulation, a government patsy, or an infectious social trend. Episode 9 "Chat! Chat! Chat!" is devoted to an online debate on this matter. Anyhow - I recommend you kids "netflix it". We now return you to your regular programming.
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Time:08:13 am
Every year the cards would arrive.
On weekends I would scour antique stores.
Ornate, original paintings.
Finding watches and clocks.
This went on for many years.
Radium-tipped hands.
No return address.
Ground to use with paint.
Then arrived a new gift.
Radium decay leads to radon gas production.
Geiger counter.

While pursuing not revenge, but eagle scouthood - David Hahn conducted numerous experiements with radium (and tritium and americum and thorium) as a teenager. But for the really scary stuff, I still point to NTI's Nuclear Trafficking Database.
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Subject:do not attempt to adjust your picture
Time:07:03 pm
Do you believe that you are safe? Do you believe that you are off the grid? We are processed world. Do we know about you? What could we know or do? Do you have a cell phone? If one were looking at your records, who have you been talking with? And what are their numbers, names, and addresses? Do you have any magazine subscriptions? Who is your cable television provider? Your ISP? We are processed world. Has your car been recently serviced? What movies have you rented? Our requests will be simple and reasonable. We will not tell you what failure to comply will result in.

in actuality - 'processed world' was a zine for disgruntled data entry operators mentioned in passing by Mark Dery in his pamphlet 'culture jamming'.
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