“The outcome of any serious research can only be to make twoquestions grow where only one grew before.” -Thorstein Veblen
Origin of the name
“The Zeitgeist Movement” (TZM) is the existing identifier for the Social Movement described in thefollowing essays. The name has no relevant historical reference to anything culturally specific andis not to be confused/associated with anything else known before with a similar title. Rather, thetitle is based upon the semantic meaning of the very terms, explicitly.The term “Zeitgeist” is defined as the “general intellectual, moral and cultural climate of an era.” The Term “Movement” simply implies “motion” or change. Therefore The Zeitgeist Movement(TZM) is an organization which urges change in the dominant intellectual, moral and culturalclimate of the time.
The following text has been prepared to be as concise and yet comprehensive as possible. Inform, it is a series of essays, ordered by subject in a manner which works to support a broader
. While each essay is designed to be taken on its own merit in evaluation, the true contextresides in how each issue works to support a larger
Train of Thought
with respect to the mostefficient organization of human society.It will be noticed by those who read through these essays in a linear fashion that a fair amount of overlap exists with certain ideas. This is deliberate as such repetition and emphasis is consideredhelpful given how foreign some of the concepts might seem to those with no prior exposure tosuch material.Also, since only so much detail can be afforded to maintain comprehension given the gravity of each subject and how they interrelate, great effort has been made to source relevant 3
partyresearch throughout each essay, via footnotes and appendices, allowing the reader to followthrough with further study as the interest arises.
The Organism of Knowledge
As with any form of presented research we are dealing with
serially generated data composites
.Observation, its assessment, documentation and integration with other knowledge, existing orpending, is the manner by which all distinguishable ideas come to evolve.This continuum is important to understand with respect to the way we think about what webelieve and why, for information is always separate in its merit from the person or institutioncommunicating or representing. Information can only be evaluated correctly through a systematicprocess of comparison to other
verifiable evidence as to its proof or lack thereof.Likewise, this continuum also implies that there can be no empirical “Origin” of ideas. From anepistemological perspective, knowledge is mostly culminated, processed and expanded throughcommunication amongst our species. The individual, with his or her inherently different lifeexperience and propensities, serves as a custom
by which a given idea can bemorphed. Collectively, we individuals comprise what could be called a “Group Mind” which is thelarger order social processor by which the effort of individuals ideally coalesce. The traditionalmethod of data transfer through literature, sharing books from generation to generation, has beena notable path of this Group Mind interaction, for example.
1In Carl Sagan's work “Cosmos”, he stated with respect to the destruction of the Library of Alexandria, noted as thelargest and most significant library of the ancient world: “It was as if the entire civilization had undergone some self-inflicted brain surgery, and most of its memories, discoveries, ideas and passions were extinguished irrevocably.“
Ballantine Books, New York, 1980, Chapter XIII