Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Two Ted Talks

Ex-Moonie Diane Benscoter on how cults think.. I am very interested in how she describes her involvement in a cult as a "viral memetic infection." And I can't agree any more on how "easy (answers) ideas to complex questions are very appealing"

There are many theories that use "virus" as a model to describe urban violence, particularly urban homicide, and I really think that's a viable model: the spread of what becomes reality and "fact" coming from a constructed situation.

And there are plenty of cults that can be easily used as examples as to how a sort of confined, cyclical thinking alters one's idea of what is "real"... Scientology, Jonestown, Unification Church aka Moonies, Heaven's Gate, Manson Family, Aum Shinrikyo... but I'm interested in how this kind of thinking impacts folks in much less sever circumstances


Mae Jamison is 100% percent correct regarding the connection between science and arts.

Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one -- to create bold thinkers.

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