Mythology Returning to the Military

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency  (DARPA) influences  how our nation’s most classified military technologies are developed.

And if there ever was a way to make the point to the military that our common story has nothing to do with competition and everything to do with cooperation;

And if there ever was a way to make the point that Folklore and Mythology make the military strongest when military isn’t fighting but helping…

Now is the time to apply for STORyNET

Now would be the time! –Deane


From Networked World:

According to DARPA, STORyNET has three goals:

1. To survey narrative theories. These empirically informed theories should tell us something about the nature of stories: what is a story? What are its moving parts? Is there a list of necessary and sufficient conditions it takes for a stimulus to be considered a story instead of something else? Does the structure and function of stories vary considerably across cultural contexts or is there a universal theory of story?

2. To better understand the role of narrative in security contexts. What role do stories play in influencing political violence and to what extent? What function do narratives serve in the process of political radicalization and how do they influence a person or group’s choice of means (such as violence) to achieve political ends? How do stories influence bystanders’ response to conflict? Is it possible to measure how attitudes salient to security issues are shaped by stories?

3. To survey the state of the art in narrative analysis and decomposition tools. How can we take stories and make them quantitatively analyzable in a rigorous, transparent and repeatable fashion? What analytic approaches or tools best establish a framework for the scientific study of the psychological and neurobiological impact of stories on people? Are particular approaches or tools better than others for understanding how stories propagate in a system so as to influence behavior?


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