Darwninan evolution leaves little room for debate. Genetic accidents come to dominate because of advantage. Including people. Even the very empathy that makes you recoil from the potential horrors of the implications above.
Civgene indicates that the subconscious mind (specifically the conscience) is a risk manager. Why? With comparative intelligence, new risks are assessed more quickly by humans with a conscience than humans without (psychopaths).
The risk formula is programmed both by other people like our guardians, and by our own experience. As our memories are recalled, a secondary map of emotions produces a new, involuntary, composite emotional state. Sometimes the subsequent compound emotion is fear of a yet seen danger the rational mind could not deduct as quickly, hence the advantage. Mandatory emotional recall is fast, as demonstrated by the laggard rationalization that follows it. This is true only if the data is natural (self acquired or at least sincerely emparted) and good mental hygiene is practised.
Just like a caring parent can program a human child with well intentioned warnings, so can a group be controlled. The ability for one human to program a society with a common identity is known as propaganda. Grandfathered by Edward Bernays. Fathered by Joseph Gobbels, mass programming of identities is a potential genocidal machine. Turning peoples own conscience against them. Rational minds enslaved to fabricated emotional risk warnings.
The civilized mind
Propaganda is a fabricated, subconscious, communication directed at societies, but it’s carriers originate naturally. This is visible as secondary communication cues. Intonation, secondary noises, linguistic lexicon shifts, lighting, temperature, smells, sounds, etc. Any subtle cue that can be rationally remembered can have a compound emotion attached to it. People are continuously programming each other. Human civilization is a vast, distributed, subconscious risk, supercomputer. Mainly throttled by the bandwidth of human interaction and attacks on it’s networks.
Karl Marx noticed this but did not understand what he is seeing. In general I have found his observations to be outstanding, while his conclusions wither as a function of time. Why did he get causality wrong? No failing of his own. He like his contemporaries simply did not understand that humanity was two distinct, separate behavioural sets. They were simply unaware of psychopaths.
His observations about late civilization stratification were correct. The modern bourgeoisie have re-emerged in America and the western world. In it’s natural form, the bourgeoisie as a class, emerges because of commonality in culture, specifically in subconscious ques. As the psychopath population grows, the society increasingly devalues cooperation and rewards strict competition. The bourgeoisie read the same books, attend the same operas, and go to the same parties. The feedback loop tightens as quantifiable knowledge consumption accelerates. The programming becomes less and less noticed, less frequently rationalized and ultimately goes completely unexamined. Simply put the rational mind can’t keep up with the subconscious programming, and so it goes unchallenged. The people who operate society, the bourgeoisie, eventually become completely psychopathic.
Now, in 2017 propaganda is more science than art. Massive databases of up to the minute word associations betray our subconscious communication and the current state of shared risk. Further the Internet has greatly increased the bandwidth for subconscious communication. Sharing (comparatively) professionally produced videos as fast they can be consumed. Entire libraries distributed in minutes. Immersive video games increase the bandwidth even beyond what a carefully scripted stream of videos can aspire to. Together they form a wall of customized emotionally calculated programming a physically present team couldn’t match.
Today the technical and financial elite are consuming same material. Racing to the treetop to be top ape in true psychopathic fashion. Their subconscious always silently consuming faster than rational memory components. Their rational minds can’t keep up. Their subconscious is polluted with ease as big data guides big media. The economic collapse, the human disaster, it’s happening again. But this time it’s measured in days instead of decades.
But there is hope. The art, the music, the stories, the pop cultures of the past can save some of us. If you are sceptical enough to seek and use them, and ultimately profit.
The more bandwidth your media has, the more quickly your subconscious can be damaged. Reading is the lowest bandwidth way to express complex information, so is the least dangerous. It is difficult for subconcious programming to outrun the critical, rational mind with a newpaper article alone. Listening is worse. A podcast or radio program are more likely to reprogram you. Video has many dimensions by which to perform the card tricks of propaganda. Your rational mind following one path and your subconscious another. And of course games both with their interactive 3d and reactive feedback could be weaponized at a level not yet imagined.
Slow the information down and test yourself. Our metaminds are a database. Care for it.
- Need to read something questionable? Play loud familiar music while reading a suspect source to interrupt emotional data creation. DOS your own emotional recall system.
- Do you think your emotions may have been contaminated? Take time to meditate and focus on clearing them. LIFO pop the stack.
- Noticed your feelings changed after consuming strange media? Inventory the issues that are important to you and see if your feelings have inexplicably changed on them. If you can’t understand the change erase it with self repetition. Make sure to sleep on it before accepting the change. Checksum data. Erase corruption. Perform a database integrity check.
- Exposed to something you don’t trust? Follow questionable sources with next class up of familiar and trusted media. Listened to a untrustworthy news story? Then watch a favourite movie. Nightly news known to be disreputable? Don’t watch it. But if you must, play a trusted favourite 3d video game to test and reset your own mind. Ride a mental bicycle over your mind’s roads to see if they have been damaged or changed. Perform a system wide antivirus scan on your metamind, as soon as you can.
- Want to consume something from a serial offender? Wait. Simply wait a few months to a few years and then consume it. Wait until it is out of fashion. Subconscious reprogramming is highly context sensitive. Sure you’ll miss the water cooler talk but the older messages will be much more like noise to your subconscious. Like running a new operating system, released after a virus (subconscious programming) is public knowledge and it’s exploits repaired or blocked.
Beat the propaganda. The key is to slow down the face melting pace of rational learning and examine your feelings. Remember more bandwidth means more damage. No matter how smart you are, your conscience(if you have one) still absorbs propaganda faster than your rational mind can counter it. Take some time to let what you consume sink in. No matter the topic.
Reading has some risk. Listening is worse. Watching still worse. Games have the highest subconscious programmatic rate. Take the time after consuming public media to practice good mental hygiene.
Reject the bourgeoisie and protect civilization. Put your own mental hygiene ahead of accelerating competition. The lasting standards are open source anyway, inherently an exercise in cooperation. The currency of reputation is almost always worth more than short term victories. Forget top branch, it’s a big forest. It’s your mind. Don’t loose control.
Note: For the record this page’s (probably rather confusing) computer analogies were white on white and were not meant to be subliminal, but instead hidden unless sought. Alert me if the words subtly appear in your browser/copy. TIA.
Edit: Added a fifth trick for keeping your subconscious clean and belonging to you.