Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas

Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. The scientists, who are members of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SCNARC) at Rensselaer, used computational and analytical methods to discover the tipping point where a minority belief becomes the majority opinion. The finding has implications for the study and influence of societal interactions ranging from the spread of innovations to the movement of political ideals.

“When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10 percent, there is no visible progress in the spread of ideas. It would literally take the amount of time comparable to the age of the universe for this size group to reach the majority,” said SCNARC Director Boleslaw Szymanski, the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor at Rensselaer. “Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.”…

An important aspect of the finding is that the percent of committed opinion holders required to shift majority opinion does not change significantly regardless of the type of network in which the opinion holders are working. In other words, the percentage of committed opinion holders required to influence a society remains at approximately 10 percent, regardless of how or where that opinion starts and spreads in the society.

To reach their conclusion, the scientists developed computer models of various types of social networks. One of the networks had each person connect to every other person in the network. The second model included certain individuals who were connected to a large number of people, making them opinion hubs or leaders. The final model gave every person in the model roughly the same number of connections. The initial state of each of the models was a sea of traditional-view holders. Each of these individuals held a view, but were also, importantly, open minded to other views.

Once the networks were built, the scientists then “sprinkled” in some true believers throughout each of the networks. These people were completely set in their views and unflappable in modifying those beliefs. As those true believers began to converse with those who held the traditional belief system, the tides gradually and then very abruptly began to shift. …

The research was funded by the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) through SCNARC, part of the Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance (NS-CTA), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). …

The current situation doesn’t really match the initial condition above.  We have a significant portion of the population which takes its orders from the “opinion hubs” in the fake media and isn’t going to be open to new ideas until they see the world crumbling around them, due to the advanced state of the psychology of propaganda and mind control.  But as they and the puppets they follow become increasingly isolated from the rest of society they will become irrelevant to the equation, islands of ignorance in a rising tide of knowledge.   The situation is far from hopeless, provided we have time.   This is another reason why they’re pushing for WWIII, and it’s why you should stop responding to telephone polls or any other public opinion harvesting operation such as FB or google.  This is how TPTB gauge how far and in which direction they can push before people think back.   Best to keep them as blind as possible.

An interesting comparison can be made to the structure of the network of corporate ownership which controls the “opinion hubs” .  Much of the revenue which reinforces the structure of this corporate network originates with their ability to pattern public opinion in accordance with the structure of the economic network that they inhabit.   As the structure of the former diverges from the latter, the latter will begin to be altered as well.   Of course the intelligence embedded in the system will tend to adapt itself and its information environment to perpetuate its existence, however it may not be possible to overcome the built-in limitations of owing its existence to the global network of increasingly connected, potentially empathic and telepathic human beings.   It’s a race between internet info dissemination and corporate censorship.   Definitely not a done deal.

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