Just a tidbit today. I’m afraid the paying job has used up my quota of brain power for the week. But I ran across this fascinating fact a couple of weeks ago and wanted to share it:
A U.S. government agency called DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), which develops new technology for the military, put out a request for research on narrative – that’s right. Storytelling. And I quote:
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the areas of (1) quantitative analysis of narratives, (2) understanding the effects narratives have on human psychology and its affiliated neurobiology, and (3) modeling, simulating, and sensing-especially in stand-off modalities-these narrative influences. Proposers to this effort will be expected to revolutionize the study of narratives and narrative influence by advancing narrative analysis and neuroscience so as to create new narrative influence sensors, doubling status quo capacity to forecast narrative influence. [check out the source here]
Okay, aside from consternation over yet another thing our tax dollars are paying for, this gives me three different feelings:
- Fear. This is a power I don’t want the government to have.
- Comfort. If I had to pick one country to have this power it would be mine (sorry my non-American friends, I admit I’m biased).
- Self-satisfaction. I TOLD you storytelling could be a powerful weapon! See? The government agrees with me!!!
What do you think? Tell me in the comments!