Ideas are not selfish.

Ideas are not viruses. For the launch of Sputnik Observatory, we decided to focus on one theme that illustrates our philosophy: Bacteria. Why? Bacteria have survived since the beginning of time, not by combat, but by networking. Sputnik Observatory believes that ideas survive because they fit in with the rest of life. Ideas are social. Ideas should interconnect and re-connect continuously because by linking ideas together, we learn, and new ideas can emerge

8 responses to “Ideas are not selfish.”

  1. Dan Matutina says:

    hey this is a really nice site. :D and i agree, ideas are not selfish and they should be shared to people. :D If you guys need help with stuff, il be glad to lend a hand. Cheers!

  2. iPhone Developer says:

    I love this site.
    Beautiful graphic style.
    Very interesting content.
    A winner; even in beta!

  3. n8 says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh. So nice to finally have so much big thinking in one place. So refreshing to see others seeing the hidden patterns of the universe and connecting the dots in an effort to prove (to some measurable degree) what so many already know instinctively and believe wholeheartedly… All there is is all we are. Everything is everything. And without each other, we have nothing.

    Thank you. Gracias. Danke. Merci. Namaste.

  4. b13 says:

    Love what I see so far. Quite intellectual and nice eye candy to boot.

    Regarding the conversation… are we not a bacteria ourselves? Or a virus… slowly eating away at the world as we know it?

  5. Boris Kislitsin says:

    I disagree. Ideas and viruses are very much alike – both are contagious… Religion is an excellent example of virus per se. I guess you know well yourself that both viruses and ideas could be considered memes, otherwise you wouldn’t think about comparing them.
    Bananas are not viruses. Ideas are. The strong ones spread and survive, the weak ones die, as the ideas.

    Just off the record, let me bring in a quote from Aaron Lynch, who described seven general patterns of meme transmission, or “thought contagion”:

    1. Quantity of parenthood: an idea which influences the number of children one has. Children respond particularly receptively to the ideas of their parents, and thus ideas which directly or indirectly encourage a higher birthrate will replicate themselves at a higher rate than those that discourage higher birthrates.
    2. Efficiency of parenthood: an idea which increases the proportion of children who will adopt ideas of their parents. Cultural separatism exemplifies one practice in which one can expect a higher rate of meme-replication — because the meme for separation creates a barrier from exposure to competing ideas.
    3. Proselytic: ideas generally passed to others beyond one’s own children. Ideas that encourage the proselytism of a meme, as seen in many religious or political movements, can replicate memes horizontally through a given generation, spreading more rapidly than parent-to-child meme-transmissions do.
    4. Preservational: ideas which influence those that hold them to continue to hold them for a long time. Ideas which encourage longevity in their hosts, or leave their hosts particularly resistant to abandoning or replacing these ideas, enhance the preservability of memes and afford protection from the competition or proselytism of other memes.
    5. Adversative: ideas which influence those that hold them to attack or sabotage competing ideas and/or those that hold them. Adversative replication can give an advantage in meme transmission when the meme itself encourages aggression against other memes.
    6. Cognitive: ideas perceived as cogent by most in the population who encounter them. Cognitively transmitted memes depend heavily on a cluster of other ideas and cognitive traits already widely held in the population, and thus usually spread more passively than other forms of meme transmission. Memes spread in cognitive transmission do not count as self-replicating.
    7. Motivational: ideas that people adopt because they perceive some self-interest in adopting them. Strictly speaking, motivationally transmitted memes do not self-propagate, but this mode of transmission often occurs in association with memes self-replicated in the efficiency parental, proselytic and preservational modes.

  6. Rob says:

    Viruses don’t cooperate. But when two viruses infect the same cell, they produce the virii parts, mix RNA/DNA and otherwise swap information. The resulting viruses are often all one of original A or original B, but often they mix, too. That’s why Swine Flu H1N1 has human virus, avian virus and poricine virus components.

    And yes, religion is a virus–a meme. So is science. So is anything in human culture!

  7. marianasoffer says:

    Hi jonnathan, I liked what you say about ideas reproducing, and it remindes me about memes, kind like of the evolutionary story of them.

    I always loved your work, I am going to check it soon in more detail but it seems reallyt promissing so far.

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