A study in Science (journal) by Professor Damon Centola finds that when 25% of people in a group adopt a new social norm, it creates a tipping point where the entire group follows suit. This shows the direct causal effect of the size of a committed minority on its capacity to create social change.
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*Note that 25% of the world's population is NOT too spread out, since half the world's population lives on just 1% of it's land area. Most people also live in densely packed cities where information and technology spread quickly.
Now, how we can get our particular ideas to spread is another question. For that we must refer to Spiral Dynamics, take a look at it here:
Premise 1: All organisms attempt to avoid the worst pains which can happen to them, and gain the greatest pleasures available to them. More specifically, the greatest pleasure one can gain for the longest time and the worst pain one can avoid for the longest time. All living organisms obey this law, else they die. As a result, only organisms that pursue such goals remain. Even suicide is a benefit to the individual who will escape pain because of it, therefore suicide does not defy the rule of all organisms to peruse pleasure and avoid pain.
Premise 2: A calm mind is the pleasure which lasts the longest, is the easiest pleasure to maintain and causes no harm later on. A chaotic mind is the pain which is the easiest to contract, causes the most harm and lasts until a calm mind is supported.
Conclusion: Therefore, all organisms are best to strive after a calm mind whilst avoiding a chaotic mind. All things that promote a chaotic mind are best avoided. If it is not necessary for the maintenance of a calm mind or the removal of a chaotic mind then regard it as irrelevant to you. All humans aim for the removal of pain and gaining of pleasure to the extent of their current abilities, but living is merely a requirement for pleasure, which makes life worth living. However, excitement and bodily pleasures do not last nearly as long as calmness; calm lasts longer and can easily be satisfied, so it is superior to them in the regard that it fulfills the true desires of life to seek the best pleasure.
"We should have preferences that lead us into one future over another. But when those preferences drive us too hard and too fast because we have overrated the difference between these futures, we are at risk. When our ambition is bounded, it leads us to work joyfully. When our ambition is unbounded, it leads us to lie, to cheat, to steal, to hurt others, to sacrifice things of real value. When our fears are bounded, we're prudent, we're cautious, we're thoughtful. When our fears are unbounded and overblown, we're reckless, and we're cowardly.
The lesson I want to leave you with, from these data, is that our longings and our worries are both to some degree overblown, because we have within us the capacity to manufacture the very commodity we are constantly chasing when we choose experience."
John McAfee giving a very important speech at Blockchain Nation Miami 2018.
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