Integrate and Assimilate
Name: Integration Classification: Theory Stage: Test
The walls are empty space
And we have earned our place
They said, “Evolve!” and this is how we will respond
These are the lives we lead
These are the fast machines
These are the tools we use to rob them
But I don’t think that we have hit the bottom
Baby check yourself -
Maybe you’re the fucking problem
— from Tub Ring - “Optimistic”
Integration Theory starts with a simple premise: all possible beliefs can be integrated into a singular, cohesive “Theory of Everything.” Humanity is capable of developing a theory that is all things to all people.
How could this possibly work?
The first thing we must realize is that humans are susceptible to story. A such, we must develop a story that can explain the theory. This will set-up Pillars within the mind of the reader, allowing them to grasp foreign concepts in the same way that others understand them. This will put the reader into a mental state where they are receptive to new ideas.
After, we must understand that humans want to place labels onto the objects in their life. This is sort of a mental categorization tool, which allows them to sort ideas into different “buckets.” Like putting files into a filing cabinet.
Thus, we must develop very wide, very broad categories to place objects into. These categories become Pillars themselves, setting the foundation for all future development of ideas.
Then, we must link finer-grained, more-detailed ideas to these categories. To do this, we primarily use aliases. For example:
- The Machine is a category that contains The Media, the FBI, and the Deep State.
- The Ink is a category that contains Hermes, Scarecrow, and Patient 0.
And so on.
The next thing we must implement is the Overview Effect. Our explanations must be brief and vague, hand-tailored to the widest array of people possible.
When conflicting information does arise, a choice must be made:
Choice 1: Change
The first choice involves asking the following questions:
- Can this new information be integrated in an organic way?
- Does this information enhance the story we intend to tell?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, then add the information.
Choice 2: Removal
The second choice involves asking these questions:
- Does this new information cause irreconcilable conflict with existing information?
- If so, is this information more important than the existing content?
When in doubt, keep the most important details, and remove the conflicting information entirely.
Over time, as more and more ideas are integrated, one will find more and more detail removed, leaving behind a “skeleton” of the original content. In this way, we will have proven the Overview Effect - that stripping a theory down to its absolute basics is the path to a Theory of Everything. It allows for the creation of a theory that is all things to all people - leaving “gaps” to be filled-in by the reader.
It is this self-discovery that will change minds.
The final thing we must recognize is that exposition is the enemy. The goal is to be brief, and to-the-point. If a page takes more than 2 minutes to read - you’re doing it wrong.
Detail should be data. To demonstrate:
Fodder wore an old pair of Birkenstock boots, brown with white stitching. His laces were made of leather, brown, and heavily frayed. The boots were muddy, caked with a year’s worth of debris from his travels.
Fodder wore a pair of boots.
Boots should be linked to the following object:
Classification: Shoe Type: Boot Manufacturer: Birkenstock Manufacture Date: 2011 Color: Brown Stitching: White Laces: Material: Leather Color: Brown Quality: Frayed State: Condition: Muddy
In this way, the reader only sees detail if he/she chooses to explore further. They are not forced to read information that is irrelevant to the task at hand.
— from Explosions in the Sky - “Disintegration Anxiety”
The Corporation will use a combination of Integration Theory and technology to match a slave with his/her twin flame.