Monday, January 31, 2022


The Mimetic, the Anti-Mimetic, and a Quote

The Mimetic

The French social theorist René Girard said that we didn’t stop burning witches because we invented science; we invented science because we stopped burning witches. Today, it seems that we’re burning witches again (Is Joe Rogan one?)—so the science necessarily has to suffer. And that is the supreme irony.

The Anti-Mimetic

I’m hosting a seminar with my friend, Dr. Joshua Miller, a lead developer of the MCODE (Motivational Code) assessment, on Feb. 24 at 6pm EST. The Motivational Code is an assessment that draws on narrative psychology to identify key motivational patterns in our lives and has helped me tremendously over the past 10 years. If you’re interested in joining us, you can register here. (The cost is $10 for the general public; it’s free if you are a premium subscriber to the Anti-Mimetic newsletter—simply sign-up and scroll down to the bottom of that post for the discount code.) Why do I believe that identifying your core motivational drivers is anti-mimetic? Because it gets at the essence of our created design, which is apriori the many mimetic forces in the world. I hope to see you there.

Quote of the Week

“Victimism uses the ideology of concern for victims to gain political or economic or spiritual power.” — René Girard

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