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Renovating the wheel
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We've all heard that a frog sitting in water that is slowly
heated won't jump out. An analogy for cultures is that
change is possible far beyond that possible through
or that slow change is more efficient.
possible to manipulate the culture of a group of
size at a rapid rate thusly:
Divide the group into
smaller groups of 8 to 10 people. These smaller groups
form closer bonds than larger groups would.
the largest trade-off of submission for comfort that a
percentage (say 80%) will accept. For example, "I'll give
you meat every day if you bow to this statue." This can
only be agreed to by the group as a whole. If most
are accepting the change it should be possible to shuffle
around individuals to bring to bear more peer pressure
the more reluctant individuals.
Once this new
has been accepted as a cultural norm it should be
to add another step. For example, "you can only have
meat if you bow properly."
This continual re-
norming will see each person following any desired set of
rules as a matter of course.
||"Your name ?"
"Your occupation ?"
"Your specialised subject ?"
"The bleedin' obvious."
||Besides, this idea is predicated on the basis that humans are no brighter or more perceptive than frogs ... oh, wait....
||kiss my ass! - that'll sort the frogs from the boys!
||//Divide the group into smaller groups of 8 to 10 people.//
||How exactly do you propose to do this?
||The thing is, who wants frog tea?
||This is, of course, how Fox News works.