Beta Culture: New Intro — Part 1

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4I had a request for more information on Beta Culture, to help readers better understand where I was going with the idea. Coincidentally, I've been asked to contribute a chapter on the subject to an upcoming book written by Patheos Atheist writers.I worked for weeks to get that chapter-piece complete, to make it so that it introduced the whole concept, and yet fell within the length parameters given me. I failed at both. There's SO much more to be said … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: New Intro — Part 2

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 Full Culture Already described above, full cultures cover everything, every aspect of life, providing both game and gameboard for living. Full cultures have an elaborate social framework that takes into account every aspect of life, with all the details worked out.In New York state where I live, full cultures include the Amish and Hasidic Judaism. However confining or silly they might look to those of us outside them, from the inside they provide a place … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: New Intro — Part 3

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 Values Every culture has a set of core values – its basic concepts of who and what “we” are.  What we hold dear, what we’re proud of in contrast to all other, lesser cultures. The easy part is finding things to include. The hard part is making it work, deciding on the various traditions and values and making them stick.So what would Beta Culture include?Of course the foundation of Beta Culture – its most basic value – is atheism. Rationality. A reason-b … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: New Intro — Part 4

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 Making It Happen Here’s the rub: How do you create an entire culture?But I suspect it would actually take very little effort. At the least prompting, people take on actions and beliefs that become cultural traditions, perpetuating them indefinitely. Some years back the song ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree’ made a splash on the radio, and though the concept of ribbons to greet long-lost family is older than the song, it triggered a sudden leap on … [Read more...]

Randall Eades: Culture and Chaos

This guest post by Randall Eades follows an online conversation about Beta Culture. ---------------Okay, I've read enough of your Beta Culture to get an idea of where you're going with it. It's interesting. But before I get into that, I'd like to back up a bit to where we began — the end of the world as we know it— to fill in a little history of my point of view.Twenty-five years ago I read a piece by some science fiction writer in which he described some predictions for the future he … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Culture Itself

In pursuit of my Beta Culture concept, I've been thinking a lot about Culture over the past couple of years, and I've recently been making some interesting connections. I like to think I'm getting close to understanding the meat of it. Here's a recent thought:Your culture offers you Values, Ways, and Place.VALUES are obvious: Honesty is the best policy. People are suckers and deserve what they get. Hard work is the stuff of life. Honor your mother and father. Family above all. Never stop … [Read more...]


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