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Monday, August 25, 2014

Incarceration & Memetic Reproduction

When we begin to see memes and memeplexes as measurable components of the world we begin to understand how self-defeating and irrational the American prison system is. 
Our prisons provide the perfect breeding ground for increasingly violent and destructive memeplexes.
The high control, resource restricted environment encourages (even demands) association for survival.  Gangs compete for resources and influence, growing small conflicts from society in the agar filled petri-dish that is the prison system.  Gang immune systems and survival strategies adapt, are imitated and develop a memetic arms race, leading to increased virulence and violence.

Additionally, the prison system, being a synthetic environment, has the tendency to create psychological disturbance as well as aggravate existing psychological conditions.  It doesn't help that USA prisons are utilized as a mental health system, dumping individuals in need of care into the highly competitive environment of legal incarceration.

We are still living in public policy dark ages.  Without the framework of memetics, we will continue to mock Norway's prison system and insist that such implementation in the US would encourage lawlessness.  Once we recognize the power of memes and memetics to influence human behavior, we will also understand the need to engineer legal systems which recognize the power of memetics and their ability to shape society.

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Memetics goes Mainstream

Any wannabe scientific theory can tell you:  you're making headway when you're included in America's highest-rated sitcom.
It hasn't made it into (most) university lectures or textbooks yet.
It might not have a scientific journal of its own.
But who really cares when Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler illustrate its rudimentary principles for the TV viewing audience?

Spread by all means available. Enjoy the meme of memetics utilizing humor to implant in American pop-culture!
* Note: This clip is posted with the intent of educational purposes only.  No profits are being derived from this video.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014


The structure of this blog was too ambitious.
In-depth posts investigating monthly themes are good to foster reflection, but they lead to burnout. 
The topics are pressing & the field of memetics is exciting...but to preserve energy, let's pace ourselves. 

Let's have some fun doing this.
Let's have wacky random days.  Short post days. 
Meme-cat days!

shhhh... i is nap-kin
(ok, I promise, not too many of those). 

Let's not limit themes to a calendar month--let's make this more organic.
Structure will still be found in the topics, where themes can be tied together and networked
-but let's not try and write a dissertation each day...
Any reader out there can appreciate this. 

The revolution of Meme Theory can't be accomplished with logical argument and articulation alone.
Let's remember how we learned in Kindergarten...let's explore & play & grow.

Third time's a charm.

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