"We are probably one of the last generations of Homo Sapiens."
(Yuval Noah Harari)
A movement with no name
Rather quietly, practically totally outside mainstream media, a decentralized and diverse movement is seemingly forming from individual thinkers, a few organizations and alternative media outlets, mostly connected only by their underlying meta-goal:
Saving humanity from itself.
This page shall serve as a starting point for curious minds, listing the various communities this movement is condensing from - plus a range of related sources.
I, Marcus Gabler - and thus °MILLE PLATEAUX - subscribe to and support this movement of reason and empathy that is needed more than ever in light of disruptive tendencies and 21st century challenges such as:
dehumanization (eg. through social media, digital transformation)
There is a growing awareness that all man-made problems share systematic roots: A rivalrous economic system and inherited human behavior mismatching today's societal environment. Rather than viewing individual issues, this movement refers to the "Meta- Crisis" as the underlying problem.
°MILLE PLATEAUX also is on the move - not only artistically and technologically, but also intellectually. I hope to contribute my share of critical thinking, stoicism, evolutionary psychology, moral objectivism and irrationality awareness (eg. cognitive biases, tribalism, hypergamy...) . Plus a healthy dose of pragmatism.
I am aware the shift to metamodernism means a breakup with °MILLE PLATEAUX's post-modern tradition, manifested even in our very name. But metamodernism is not anti-post-modernism, it is post-post-modernism, seeing a bigger picture than it's predecessors. And the 21st century needs applicable and relatable thinking more than rather abstract philosophy.
“Sense-making is about the exploration into what is real, and what is meaningful is bound to what is real.”
integrallife.com (Ken Wilber)
Game B (Facebook group)
"There have been many versions and nuances of the idea that there may in fact be an intimate relationship between madness and civilization; that civilization itself is bound to growing existential challenges and an escalating inner chaos: Marx’s alienation; Durkheim’s anomie; Weber’s iron cage and disenchantment; Freud’s idea that civilization forces us to lock up sexual and aggressive urges, which leads us to lives of perpetual neurosis and discontent; Fromm’s idea that technological progress makes the sane society increasingly difficult to achieve, which results in an escape from freedom; Foucault’s idea that “madness” is itself an invention of the modern mind, the purpose of which is to sweep its own dark side under the rug (hence his 1964 book title Madness and Civilization); Habermas’ fragmentation of life and colonization of the lifeworld by the “system”; Deleuze and Guattari’s deterritorialization; Sennett’s corrosion of character—and many others."
(Hanzi Freinacht: Madness and Civilization)
psychologytoday.com ("What Is Metamodernism?)
“A general “law of least effort” applies to cognitive as well as physical exertion. The law asserts that if there are several ways of achieving the same goal, people will eventually gravitate to the least demanding course of action. In the economy of action, effort is a cost, and the acquisition of skill is driven by the balance of benefits and costs. Laziness is built deep into our nature.”
(Daniel Kahneman: Thinking, Fast and Slow)
clearerthinking.org (Spencer Greenberg)
“Perhaps the most likely type of existential risks that could constitute a Great Filter are those that arise from technological discovery. It is not farfetched to suppose that there might be some possible technology which is such that (a) virtually all sufficiently advanced civilizations eventually discover it and (b) its discovery leads almost universally to existential disaster. So where is the Great Filter? Behind us, or not behind us?”
"Mankind is in all likelihood going to be an evolutionary dead-end. Hopefully understanding why this is the case, if done in time, can not only prevent this, but also allow us to reach undreamed-of prosperity."
(Hayekian: Why Mankind is Likely to be an Evolutionary Dead-End, 2018)
Macro Challenges (Xrisks directory)
Blockchain, Automation, Hypergamy, Climate Change, Tribalism, Neuroscience, Minimalism etc.