2003 NBIC Report: William Sims Bainbridge on “Memetics”
Posted Jul 06, 2007
Update 11/18/08 Faced with a global economic crisis and the prospect of a radically altered standard of living, there's been a lot of traffic coming through Skilluminati Research to read about the "Changing Images of Man" report. I've also fixed the link for this gem of an information overdose from William Sims Bainbridge. The media tools and psychological triggers that marketing and advertising persuaders use are no different from the tools and triggers of political spectacle. It's worth taking the time to understand the rather obtuse field of Memetics -- because most of the people who do understand it are being paid to use it against you.
After this excerpt there's links for further reading on the subject, as well as some related Skilluminati articles. The NBIC report, however, covers a tremendous range of topics and memetic theory is just a tiny slice. The acroynm stands for Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Cognitive Enhancement. Here's the Abstract overview:
"The chief areas of application include: expanding human cognition and communication, improving human health and physical capabilities, enhancing group and societal outcomes, strengthening national security, and unifying science and education. Convergence will be based on the material unity of nature at the nanoscale, technology integration from the nanoscale, key transforming tools, the concept of reality as closely coupled hierarchical complex systems, and the goal to improve human performance."
Not exactly a page turner but there's about 50 amazing passages in here, most of which you can clear find through browsing the table of contents.
In the "information society" of the 21st century, the most valuable resource will not be iron or oil but culture. However, the sciences of human culture have lacked a formal paradigm and a rigorous methodology. A fresh approach to culture, based on biological metaphors and information science methodologies, could vastly enhance the human and economic value of our cultural heritage and provide cognitive science with a host of new research tools. The fundamental concept is the meme, analogous to the gene in biological genetics, an element of culture that can be the basis of cultural variation, selection, and evolution.
"World-views" may be self-regulating, in this respect, each dominant ideology naturally stimulating the evolution of counter-ideologies. Just when Western Civilization rejoiced that it had vanquished Nazism and Marxism, and the "end of history" was at hand, radical Islam emerged to challenge its fundamental values (El-Affendi 1999). Quite apart from the issue of terrorist attacks from radical fringes of Islam, the entire Muslim religious tradition may have an evolutionary advantage over western secularism, because it encourages a higher birth rate (Keyfitz 1986). An inescapable natural law may be at work here, comparable to that which regulates the constantly evolving relations between predators and prey in the biological realm, ensuring that there is always a rival culture, and complete victory is impossible (Maynard Smith 1982). However, deep scientific understanding of the memetic processes that generate radical opposition movements may help government policymakers combat them effectively. It may never be possible to eradicate them entirely, but with new scientific methods, we should be able to prevent them from driving our civilization to extinction.
The scientific study of culture is both possible and pregnant with knowledge of human behavior. Thus, it deserves to be given more resources, especially in light of current events. These events include not only the terrorism of September 11, 2001, but also the dot-com crash and the failure of nations as diverse as Argentina, Indonesia, and Japan to sustain their economic development. Memetic science could help us deal with challenges to American cultural supremacy, discover the products and services that will really make the information economy profitable, and identify the forms of social institutions most conducive to social and economic progress.
DOWNLOAD THE NBIC REPORT -- "Converging Technologies"
For more information on memetics, the best intro I've seen so far would be Wes Unruh's introduction -- look past the fact it's a Squidoo page and check out The Truth About Memetics. (Wes is also the author, along with Vancouver-area metagenius Edward Wilson, of the very expansive and thought-provoking book The Art of Memetics, which you can read for free by clicking here.)
Courtesy of Pizza SEO, here's a DIY curriculum for a deeper understanding of memetics as a practice:
1. Start with Language and Power, a thorough and unusually honest assessment of persuasive language patterns, from a wide variety of contexts and disciplines.
2. To keep your brain moving with another model (this is contradictory but still useful), check out The Memetic Lexicon.
3. To scramble the signal even further, here's purely pragmatic perspective from Eric Dahl, who maintains this wiki about Memetic Warfare.
4. Finally, for a sense of where all this logically leads, check out Dan Bartlett's excellent introductory essay The Biology of Belief.
Joe Delgado’s “Physical Control of the Mind”
Posted Jul 06, 2007
Skilluminati Research presents the most complete copy of "Physical Control of the Mind" we've been able to get ahold of, featuring a majority of the chapters as well as many of the original photographic illustrations.
Delgado's work has grown to essentially mythological status. It is our opinion that Delgado was a butcher with sausage fingers, so this book is primarily presented as an antidote to conspiracy theory speculation. Most of the grandiose claims Delgado states as "incontrovertible facts" have been shown, in the decades since this work was published, to be hilariously ignorant. Recent interviews with Delgado indicate that he might have realized he was taking an absurdly reductionist approach to the single most complex problem facing science in the 22nd century. (Those same interviews show him to be the same fascist he has always been, too. Some monsters never change.)
With our bullshit remarks out of the way, we present to you, "Physical Control of the Mind"
DOWNLOAD JOSE DELGADO'S "PHYSICAL CONTROL OF THE MIND"
Pentagon Red Teams: Get a Job Overthrowing the Government
Posted Jul 06, 2007
The Defense Science Board, always a valuable source for info you probably shouldn't have, has a report on Red Teaming in a Department of Defense context which is most tasty. We offer a pdf download of that report at the end of this short, meaningless article.
How do you test the security of your secure systems? You hire someone to break in. This is true for base installations and it's true for networks and communications infrastructure, too. Right now, there are fake terrorists and hackers working for the government to test out vulnerabilities. The logic, clearly, is to locate potential threats and cracks in the system before Someone Else realizes that they're there to exploit. Red Teams need to improvise, move quickly, and be mostly invisible. To me, at least, that sounds like one hell of a fun job.
We argue that red teaming is especially important now for the DoD. Current adversaries are tougher targets for intelligence than was the United State's major cold war foe. Red teaming deepens understanding of options available to adaptive adversaries and both complements and informs intelligence collection and analysis. Aggressive red teams are needed to challenge emerging operational concepts in order to discover weaknesses before real adversaries do. In addition, in the wake of recent military operations, use of red teams can temper the complacency that often follows success.
Of course, if you're going to do some freelance Red Team activity in hopes of getting hired, make damn sure that you're doing it well. Don't get caught until you want to get caught, until you are in total control of the negotiation. They respect balls and expertise just as much as they respect guns. (For quick reference, think of Keven Spacy in Seven.)
Remember the case of poor Gary McKinnon, who got caught snooping around UFO files . Did they think "whoa, what a badass hacker?" Did they hire him? Fuck no, they're sending him to Guantanamo Bay. Prepare thoroughly before diving into shark tanks.
The Defense Science Board is a beautifully frank operation, and you can only respect people who write as well as they do. Even if they're raving fascists, they're still lucid on the laptops:
Red teams and red teaming processes have long been used as tools by the management of both government and commercial enterprises. Their purpose is to reduce an enterprise's risks and increase its opportunities.
Red teams come in many varieties and there are different views about what constitutes a red team. We take an expanded view and include a diversity of activities that, while differing in some ways, share a fundamental feature.
Red teams are established by an enterprise to challenge aspects of that very enterprise's plans, programs, assumptions, etc. It is this aspect of deliberate challenge that distinguishes red teaming from other management tools although the boundary is not a sharp one. (There are many tools used by management for a variety of related purposes: to promulgate visions, foster innovation, promote efficiencies.)
If you're interested in a high-paying job with lots of benefits that you have to break laws in order to apply to, then we recommend you look into this rapid growth area. Think about it: if you can remote view, then you can compile a dossier on 50+ extremely sensitive US secret locations all around the world and get a job. Right? Occult Red Teams probably already exist, so bear in mind you might have some competition.
DOWNLOAD Defense Science Board report on Red Teams
New Zealand Bio-Cosmo-Physics Genius Chris King
Posted Jul 06, 2007
...why is New Zealand reniassance man Chris King so unknown? We don't know, but he's probably got a detailed answer that makes perfect sense.
Chris King is a singular mind --- he's interested in the mechanics of absolutely everything. Every process in every system, at every level of scale. And he's found some truly remarkable patterns out there. His papers are dense and fast-paced. (Personally, when I read my first Chris King article, it took me about three months to get enough background knowledge to understand it.) This is not meant to be some quick brain food, but rather a permanent tribute to what we consider an important mind.
For the more educated reader, you can dive right into his latest magnum opus statement: Cosmic Symmetry-Breaking, Bifurcation, Fractality and Biogenesis, which is a guided tour of the entire Universe and assumes working background knowledge in nearly every scientific discipline. There is also a full-color, expanded edition available here.
One primary reason that Chris King is fairly obscure: there is no easy way into his work.
There is no popular summary in existence at this point. His papers are always complex, but if you're going to start anywhere, start with Quantum Mechanics, Chaos and the Conscious Brain. For a printable and compulsively readable version of the same theories, check out Fractal Neurodynamics and Quantum Chaos. (I still carry a copy of that essay in my laptop case.)
For a specific look at his work on neurology, and the "Hard Problem of Consciousness", we recommend Fractal and Chaotic Dynamics in Nervous Systems Chris King is also (quite sensibly) very concerned about the future of life on this planet --- especially the future of human life. He has created a sprawling encyclopedia of Earth Life, which he calls The Genesis of Eden. We especially recommend the sections on Sociobiology, Biocosmology, Evolution, and a summary of the current biocrisis that all of Earth is facing. (We're gonna go out on a limb here: mass extinctions might be a Very Bad Thing.)
Here at Skilluminati Research, we don't assume everyone reads as much as we do. (In fact, we're grateful for your sloth, since that's precisely what makes you so easy to control.) Here's a list of key concepts, all linked to good introductions to that specific topic.
Hard Problem of Consciousness: How does the brain generate consciousness? This also leads to several other, equally important questions: Is consciousness a phenomenon limited to the brain? Is all matter conscious? What role does consciousness play in the growth of the Universe? ....that sorta thing.
Fractality: Self-similarity. There are few more visually beautiful introductions to fractals than Miqel Dot Com's math images gallery: start here.
Isomorphism: Similar patterns and forms at different levels of scale. For instance, electrons orbiting the nucleus of an atom bear a striking resemblance to planets orbiting a sun.
In China, this has been studied for thousands of years and is known as Li: Patterns in Nature. <---the previous link is to order the book from Amazon. We recently had this book "borrowed" from the library before we could scan it to a .pdf. When it is returned, we'll post it here. In the meantime, this book and all others in the Series, especially Harmonograph and The Little Book of Coincidence, get the highest possible reccomendation from the BIPT.
Symmetry breaking: modeling the growth of life --- the emergence of something new --- mathematically. This principle applies on the cosmic level --- as weak and strong nuclear forces separated in the early Universe --- and it applies on the genetic level, where cells grow into humans.
Neurogenesis: The growth of the brain. There are of course many more terms to define, but we will leave you with one of the more amazing quotes to be found in King's written work:
"The raw numbers game of neurogenesis [growth of the brain from embryo to adult human] suggest attractor dynamics may form an essential bridge between central nervous system genotype and phenotype. The 5 x 10^4 genes governing central nervous system development, around 60% of human genes, cannot informationally specify the connections for 10^11 neurons and 10^15 synapses."
(In other words, the Human Genome Project's claims of "DNA determinism" ---- "everything is in the genes" ---- is radically wrong, not just "popular science" but flat-out dumb. Our genes are clearly working in concert with our environment at every single iteration of human development. Any arguments about "Nature vs. Nurture" might as well be about how many angels are in heaven, wether or not the Earth is flat, or the benefits of bloodletting.)
Charles Tart on the Principles of Aikido
Posted Jul 06, 2007
Any effective attack means the attacker must flow a burst of concentrated energy along a line directed at you. If the attack is a punch to the belly, the attacker's energy, embodied in his fist, moves along a line from his body to your belly. If it hits, you can be badly hurt. So you follow the first basic principle: you get off the line--you move or turn so that the energy of that punch does not connect with you.
The second principle is to blend or harmonize with the attack. You practice Ai. . . . To truly harmonize with the attack, you would not only get off the line, you also would not slow the punch down or oppose it in any way. In fact, you might put your hand on the punching arm and add energy to it in the direction it was already going. You have harmonized and blended with the energy of the attack. By projecting your energy in the same direction the attacker projects his, you see, as it were, your attacker's point of view. . . .
The third basic principle after you have gotten off the line and harmonized with your attacker's energy is to lead energy further than it originally intended to go, thus taking control of it. Then you can throw or otherwise control your attacker. The attacker thus provides most of the energy for handling his attack.
If you were a practitioner of Aikido, how would you react to a personal attack in this imperfect world? In an idealized scheme, we can distinguish three levels of self-defense.
At the highest level of Aikido skill, you would have developed a great sensitivity to subtle cues from others. Among other things, Aikido is a kind of mindfulness meditation (Buddhist vipassana) in action. Thus you would probably sense that the other person was getting upset and might get physically aggressive, so you would leave before the potential attacker's feelings reached an overt level! Not being there when someone gets angry is a marvelously effective kind of self-defense, and you certainly don't need to get angry or aggressive yourself in practicing this approach.
If you were not skilled enough to sense the imminance of the attack before your attacker felt angry, you would still be skilled enough to know how to stay centered and peaceful under the developing tension that precedes an attack. Remaining calm, present, and centered is an excellent form of self-defense. Note the importance of being present as well as calm and centered. You may be calm because you are so lost in your own fantasy world that you don't know what is happening around you, but that is quite different from being calm and present.
As I have discussed elsewhere . . ., there is a great deal of fear of psychic abilities in many people, sometimes conscious, often unconscious. One way this fear can manifest without the person having to realize he is afraid, is through hostility toward psychic and spiritual subjects. Since I frequently lecture on these topics, I sometimes become the target of this kind of anger.
I certainly don't like to be attacked for any reason, even if it's only verbal. I can become afraid, angry, self-righteous, and lose contact with reality as I get absorbed in this pattern. It's not only unpleasant, there is a further frustration: my goal was to communicate useful knowledge. I might seem to "win" an argument, but if I'm angry and self-righteous, I probably have not communicated effectively to my audience, and certainly not to my "opponent".
Before I had studied Aikido, my reaction to an attack in a lecture question was to counterattack. I would expose logical flaws in my attacker's thinking, and/or show he was ignorant of the facts, and/or shower him with high-status scientific facts to demonstrate to him the error of his ways. I would usually "win" the argument, for I was an expert in the subject matter compared to almost all questioners, and a skilled debater. This also made me popular with most of the audience, who were typically "believers" in psychic and spiritual matters, for I had won a victory over the kind of person who attacked them, too. I fought force with greater force.
In retrospect, I doubt that I actually communicated much of anything useful to my "opponent."
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