Categories
Psychology

The Power of the Collective

The mystery of this “power of the collective” is not in the overt presence or tidal, cultural and narrative-psychological force it compels. It is in the many and diverse ways that individuals bound together by information, communication and shared experience or role find themselves as bearers of a meaning and a message which is hardly theirs, although they reflexively treasure it as an expression or assertion of effective, adaptive self-identity.

We ourselves are the transmission medium for autonomously self-propagating patterns of information and energy-processing that are precisely so successful in maintaining environmental or contextual tenure because they hoodwink us into thinking that we are all anything other than the transmission medium that these patterns leverage for their own memetic continuity. Effective cultural information patterns self-replicate – in, through and as us.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.