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Emerging Memetic Singularity in the Global Knowledge Society

Checklist of memetic constraints on emergence of a coherent response to global crisis.


Emerging Memetic Singularity in the Global Knowledge Society
Checklist of constraints
Varieties of singularity
End times scenarios
Black holes and Event horizons
Conclusion
References

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Introduction

The checklist immediately below is an effort to identify factors inhibiting emergence of effective consensus in response to global crisis. Together the factors constitute a context within which many plans and initiatives will be proposed. Their proponents and supporters will solicit discussion, wider support and consensus on implementation. The context is such that the emergence of coherence is improbable.

The checklist follows from various earlier explorations (Considering All the Strategic Options: whilst ignoring alternatives and disclaiming cognitive protectionism, 2009; Engaging with Globality -- through cognitive lines, circlets, crowns or holes, 2009; Coherent Policy-making Beyond the Information Barrier, 1999; Societal Learning and the Erosion of Collective Memory: a critique of the Club of Rome Report: No Limits to Learning, 1980; Limits to Human Potential, 1976).

Historically these were a preoccupation of the Union of Intelligible Associations and are now a focus of Global Sensemaking.

The elements of the checklist are seen in a subsequent section to be features of a singularity, understood in a variety of ways in the web resources cited. Such a singularity may also be understood in terms of a range of essential unrelated understandings of "end times" -- like the "end of history" or the "end of science" -- explored in another section. All these approaches are then explored metaphorically in terms of the "event horizon" characteristic of the astrophysical black hole which has a singularity at its centre -- and therefore implying a form of cognitive black hole and singularity.


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