09 SEP 2016 by ideonexus

 Why Did Everyone Draw that Fancy "S" in Grade School

"The reason kids go through this is probably because it's a Moebius strip," he said, referring to the sort of looped one-surface shapes Escher was fond of drawing. "It can't be drawn continuously, but it does have a perpetual flow." I think he was on to something. Most nine-year-olds can't draw, so when someone hands them a magical recipe to create something fairly cool, on demand—that'll go viral. Especially when the shape has the sophisticated, mathematical lineage of a Moebius strip. Y...
Folksonomies: memetics meme
Folksonomies: memetics meme
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21 APR 2014 by ideonexus

 "Susicion of Authority" is Also Propaganda

While individuals get our empathy and sympathy, institutions seldom do. The "we're in this together" spirit of films from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s later gave way to a reflex shared by left and right, that villainy is associated with organization. Even when they aren't portrayed as evil, bureaucrats are stupid and public officials short-sighted. Only the clever bravado of a solitary hero (or at most a small team) will make a difference in resolving the grand crisis at hand. This rule of con...
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A conspiracy meme that comes from both the left and right.

02 JAN 2014 by ideonexus

 Marxism-Leninism as a "spiritual atom bomb"

In our great motherland, a new era is emerging in which the workers, peasants and soldiers are grasping Marxism-Leninism, Mao Tse-tung's thought. Once Mao Tse-tung's thought is grasped by the broad masses, it becomes an inexhaustible source of strength and a spiritual atom bomb of infinite power. The large-scale publication of Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung is a vital measure for enabling the broad masses to grasp Mao Tse-tung's thought and for promoting the revolutionization of our p...
Folksonomies: meme memetics todo propaganda
Folksonomies: meme memetics todo propaganda
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Included here for it's interesting phrasing, recognizing the power of ideas and spreading them.

Additional Note: Although many memes are included from this book, left out are many objectionable memes about propaganda and waging war. Need a way to leave commentaries on references.

05 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 Knowledge Can be Transferred, but Not Wisdom

Positive, objective knowledge is public property. It can be transmitted directly from one person to another, it can be pooled, and it can be passed on from one generation to the next. Consequently, knowledge accumulates through the ages, each generation adding its contribution. Values are quite different. By values, I mean the standards by which we judge the significance of life. The meaning of good and evil, of joy and sorrow, of beauty, justice, success-all these are purely private convicti...
Folksonomies: culture knowledge wisdom meme
Folksonomies: culture knowledge wisdom meme
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Wisdom relies on an accumulation of personal experiences.

29 MAY 2011 by ideonexus

 Pets as a Meme

Pets have all the qualities necessary to be a virus of the mind: - Pets penetrate our minds by attracting our attention. The quality they have that gets them attention is something like "cuteness" or "adorability." - Pets actually program us to take care of them in several ways. The animals themselves take advantage of the instincts we have to care for our young. The pet industry, part of the pet virus, programs us through television and advertising to spend more and more money on expensive...
Folksonomies: memetics replication meme
Folksonomies: memetics replication meme
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Pets have all the characteristics of an infectious meme.