'The phenomenon/a is/are Memetica Ecologica.
That's the complex phenomenon/a that needs multiple disciplines to try to understand.
-Participant observation field work from the social sciences
-Poetic/Semiotic sensibility and rhetorical analysis from the humanities
-Archeological and experimental work -- or reporting of such work -- from the natural sciences
-And contributions from the professions.'
-Memetica Ecologica project notes, 26 Sept 2020, adapted
'I use the terminology of "experience" as a "sensitizing concept" (Blumer 1954) that refers generally to the totality of phenomena as negotiated by human individuals and groups, especially as they make those phenomena meaningful in symbols, narratives, and other useful semiotic schemas.'
DD, p. 21
'Philosophy always has to recall things that are obvious because people do in fact overlook or even deny them.'
-Sokolowski, Phenom., p. 181
'When I talk about memetica ecologica, I do so as something like a rhetorical historiography of the present -- a historiography that is contemporaneous, a form of journalism or field research reporting. I'm your investigative reporter on the ground but also in the sky -- helicoptering over the scene, except that the view from the sky goes much farther than that -- to a space station or satellite. And it goes the other way too -- we're on a fantastic voyage through your veins and digging into atoms, etc.
But this historiography is rhetorical, too, in that it is both descriptive and constructive; it instructs and informs, but it also seeks to stimulate and provoke. I'm ultimately seeking to get you to see things, partly, how I see see them, if only for the time you're reading this.
-Memetica Ecologica project notes, 25 Sept 2020
'If an individual makes a [lingo-based] claim applied to one's self in the context of a [specific lingo]-user group and then immediately hears vocal affirmation from that group, that individual is likely to use the phrase again shortly thereafter (adapted from Skinner 1948/1992; 1957/2014; 1981; Naour 2009, 10). For example, in a given verbal community, ...is the response to an individual instance of [lingo] usage a smile and an open body posture or a frown and a closed posture? Or is it something else?
-XJ, p. 98, adapted
'Field research reframes the world'
-J. Chipchase, Field Study Handbook, p. 18
'Memento vivere invites many questions and many paths. Some of them could be:
-What do we do? and: How are we? (work / activity / being / non-being)
-What do we have? (resources: time / energy / money / systems of value-exchange)
-Where are we? And how does that look? (space(s) / organization / routines)
-How do we get energy? (re-creation: for self / others / life)'
-Memento Vivere project notes, 26 Sept 2020
'Transformation...takes place by a process of fundamental reorientation -- sometimes instantaneous, sometime gradual and mundane -- in which an individual [or group] actively brings one's self [or selves] into cooperation with an other.'
-DD, p. 21
Ben Bennett-Carpenter teaches at a university in the Great Lakes region of North America and coaches at Sollars & Associates, Inc.