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Signs of the Times News for Mon, 11 Jul 2011 The curse of the herd I confess I'm biased . I get very irritated by mindless conformity , even about silly, inconsequential things. I find it exasperating, for instance, when people can’t decide for themselves if a song is beautiful or a person attractive. But perhaps I’m affected more than I know. There’s reason to think that we are designed to conform, that our ancestors evolved a sensitivity to social cues and a tendency to adopt group norms. Sometimes the majority’s got practical information to share – information that is objectively helpful, like how to catch a fish or prevent infection. In other cases, group norms are arbitrary, but useful when everyone agrees on them. There is also the sort of conformity that exists for purely social reasons. I understand why such social conformity is important. Sample stimulus from Asch experiment In a famous experimental paradigm created by Solomon Asch, people are asked to judge which among a series of lines are the same length. What does it mean? More reading

We Are Change | Be the Change You Wish to See in the World | Propaganda Exposing the 4th Reich of the Elite and Government Sponsored Terrorism SytiNet - Le Blog Machine Elves 101, or Why Terence McKenna Matters If anyone ever wanted to get to know me (i.e., what makes Daniel tick) the first thing I would have to tell them is, "Read Terence McKenna." In online forums and real life scenarios alike, I quote McKenna like Jules Winnfield quotes Ezekiel in Pulp Fiction. Passionate. With conviction. A few weeks ago my friend Michelle suggested I write a "Terence for Dummies" piece. The Background Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 -- April 3, 2000) was born under the auspices of a conventional upbringing. Settling on the outskirts of the Mission at La Chorrera, it was the events that transpired during this crusade that became the catalyst of McKenna's ideas. The Experiment It was here that Terence and his party became acquainted with Stropharia cubensis fungi (now known as Psilocybe cubensis). In essence, you can change reality while tripping on ‘shrooms. The bread crumbs leading the McKenna brothers to this perspective was in fact the shamanic method. The Result Time stopped, became tangible. 1.

Underground Documentaries How to Spot – and Defeat – Disruption on the Internet The 15 Rules of Web Disruption David Martin’s Thirteen Rules for Truth Suppression, H. Michael Sweeney’s 25 Rules of Disinformation (and now Brandon Smith’s Disinformation: How It Works) are classic lessons on how to spot disruption and disinformation tactics. We’ve seen a number of tactics come and go over the years. Here are the ones we see a lot of currently. 1. Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule … Associate opponents with unpopular titles such as “kooks”, “right-wing”, “liberal”, “left-wing”, “terrorists”, “conspiracy buffs”, “radicals”, “militia”, “racists”, “religious fanatics”, “sexual deviates”, and so forth. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. The following 4 tactics from Sweeney are also still commonly used … 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Specifically, we’ve found the following format to be highly effective in educating people in a non-confrontational manner about what the disrupting person is doing: Good Number 1! Or: Thanks for that textbook example of Number 7! Try it … It works.

Roswell : pour de vrai ? @orion : vous pensez bien que j’y ai pensé ! Mais alors que dire des témoignages des militaires US qui ont constaté que des entités ont désactivé leurs têtes nucléaires ? C’est pas de la petite interaction ça... Concernant l’hypothèse classique « ils ne veulent pas chambouler nos conceptions, le choc serait trop puissant et destructeur » : Fukushima est en train de bousiller sévèrement la planète, nous avions déjà commencé avec d’autres désastres et agissements débiles, que ce soit par le nucléaire ou le chimique, le militaire en général... Actuellement, je divague entre les hypothèses suivante : 1/ Ils considèrent que nous sommes en train d’échouer et que c’est juste de nous laisser aller au bout. 2/ Nous sommes une « nation » parmi d’autres dans l’univers. 3/ Nous sommes l’objet d’une expérience grandeur nature. en fait, on devrait pas être aussi débiles.

Meme selection Francis HEYLIGHEN CLEA, Free University of Brussels, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium E-mail:, To be published in: Proc. 15th Int. Congress on Cybernetics (Association Internat. de Cybernétique, Namur). ABSTRACT. Introduction Cultural evolution, including the evolution of knowledge, can be modelled through the same basic principles of variation and selection that underlie biological evolution (Boyd & Richerson, 1985; Cavalli-Sforza & Feldman, 1981). To be replicated, a meme must pass successfully through four subsequent stages: 1) assimilation by an individual, who thereby becomes a host of the meme; 2) retention in that individual's memory; 3) expression by the individual in language, behavior or another form that can be perceived by others; 4) transmission of the thus created message or meme vehicle to one or more other individuals. The four stages of meme replication Assimilation Retention Expression Transmission Meme fitness F(m) = A(m) . Objective Criteria Conclusion

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