The image of transhumanism (Memetic Toolkit)
Natasha Vita More (email@example.com)
Sun, 05 Jul 1998 17:04:47 -0500
At 01:35 AM 7/5/98 +0200, Anders wrote:
>I want the ability to explain clearly and
I've come up with my own memetic toolkit while fine-tuning my own skills in
discussing transhuman ideas, whether it is a one-on-one or public. My own
toolkit is a first-hand, from scratch, and a blueprint that continues to
help me in spreading and engineering transhuman memes.
Natasha's Memetic Toolkit:
- Discern Cost Benefit Analysis
- Educate, Debate or Alienate
- Employ Critical Thinking
- Locate Common Ground of Interest
- Present Historical Parallels
- Practice Patience
- Ignite Curiosity
- Show Sense of Humor
- Engineer a Meme
- Listen: Understand the context of the people I am communicating with
and their level of progress and rate of personal growth. People will let me
know, one way or the other, within the first few minutes who they are.
- Cost Benefit: Discern if the time and energy is a productive and
successful exchange. Is it worth my time and effort to communicate with
this person(s)? (9 out of 10 it is.)
- Educate, Debate or Alienate: What strategy do I employ? Am I in this
to teach, argue or to rave about my own views? How do I best want to
- Critical Thinking and logically while monitoring information, getting
feedback, using error correction and accurate replay, and collision avoidance.
- Common Ground: If people recognize something in common with me (skiing,
videomaking, gardening, psychology), then I do not appear to be so alien in
my transhuman views.
- Historical Parallels: people seem to be more receptive to new or
challenging ideas if they are given concrete examples of events in history
have some bearing on what we are discussing.
- Patience: people develop at different rates, and this has value. It is
a readiness and openness in someone's psychology that welcomes change.
Whether an early-bird or eleventh-hour, this process sometimes depends on
their psychological barometer.
- Ignite Curiosity: "Every question we answer leads on to another
question. This has become the greatest survival trick of our species."
Desmond Morris; "I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a
fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be
curiosity." Eleanor Roosevelt.
- Humor!: keeps tensions down, helps people relax, and there nothing so
welcoming as a smile.
- Meme engineering: My favorite moment is when I actively ignite or
impart a positive or vivid impression of my extropian ideas and transhuman
Natasha Vita More [fka Nancie Clark]: www.natasha.cc
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