Thinking in Movie Quotes – My Generation’s memes

(this blog is a work in progress)

Growing up in the grand age of the dawn of cable television, I think caused me us suffer from some kind of Gestalt effect of associating certain thoughts very rapidly with quotes from movies.

During summer vacations in the early 80’s I watched rolling schedules of available movies on HBO time and time again. Some of them maybe too many times…

There is hardly a situation is daily life that I can’t relate to The Cannonball Run or Caddyshack.

It just occurred to me, walking through our development shop, overlooking a page of annotated images on one of my younger guy’s screen,  that the current generation may be forever doomed to do the same with memes, and ONE day they too may rattle off a meme in a knee jerk brain association to someone younger than them who has no clue what they are talking about.



Now, in my “adult” days I spend much more of my entertainment time feeding my brain with interesting information. I am currently reading (or listening to rather) a book by Nick Bostrom called “Superintelligence. Paths, Dangers, Strategies.” that I was referred to by way of Elon Musk (indirectly). One of the topics discussed in the book is how group intelligence is difficult because of the challenge of networking learning between minds. In other words it would be hard to upload thoughts from one mind into another, because it’s not just a bunch of data, it’s also an understanding that the mind achieves by way of absorbing it in the first place.

The written language we use to communicate with each other might not be the same as the thoughts by which we interpret them.

I think the observation I’m alluding to above supports this, but it also infers that we all use mental queues in imagery, sound and our environment to create connections in our minds to quickly retrieve the associations that support us in our thought; conscious or unconscious.

It brings further meaning to “a picture is worth a thousand words“.

A meme is worth approximately one thousand and seven.

An entire movie is conceivably worth an order of magnitude more.