The Abs-Tract Organization is creating a think tank
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The Abs-Tract Organization ("TATO") is a meta- think tank formed to provide global solutions to systemic problems, specializing in "abstraction". an advanced thinking process and social critique with wide ranging applications. We are a novel type of think tank guided by the principles of the emerging paradigm of metamodernism, which we are co-creating. We also have 5 more research streams beyond abstraction.

In some ways we are aspiring in the realm of Matt Bruenig's People's Policy Project think tank startup. We want to be crowdsourced, and produce public sociology, education, and policy advocacy that serves society and delivers social justice. In order to do this, seed capital is required to cover basic living expenses and startup costs. We want to rise above the discourse of contemporary think tanks, which are ridden with problems, and engage both elites and masses about a new abstract metanarrative. Help us do it.

What we've done so far with no help/funding over the past 4 years:
Business Plan, White Paper, and Website
- 60+ academics interested in participating
25+ blog articles on abstraction related to topics (AI, society, cognitive mapping, intelligence, skepticism, political polarization, institutional racism, journalism, think tanks, and more)
25+ artistic short film webisodes/ clips (part of an experimental film to promote abstraction and make fun of ab-gimmicks)
5 podcasts of critical political commentary (Chilluminati Chat).

ESSENTIAL VALUE PROPOSITION
TATO's essential value proposition is found in the concept and special applications of "abstraction," a manifold term differentiated across and within many fields, including math, computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and social theory. Such a vast methodological synthesis is resistant to summary, and is detailed within this Business Plan. Abstraction is generally defined as a conceptual process of complexity reduction that highlights the essential properties or first principles of a given object or idea. Given the wide range of expressions, from a shorthand for critical thinking to an integral process of knowledge production, the utility of abstraction cannot be understated. However, as the term 'abstract' is highly equivocal, TATO provides the necessary depth and insight to make abstraction more accessible and relevant to the public and specialists alike.

MISSION
Our broad mission is to establish a new consensus of superordinate knowledge to streamline and pacify globalization. TATO emphasizes the urgency and opportunity to 'abstract' a unified social critique in the context of the emergent paradigm of "metamodernism," as a new cultural, political, scientific, and social movement representing a post-ideological, open source, globally responsive, paradox resolving, grand narrative. In this context, abstraction comes to refer to the cumulative pursuit of higher-order self-evident logic that transcends contradictory discourses and dissolves ideological conflict. Our process involves the depoliticization, demystification, and distillation of truth in order to directly confront the multifarious epistemic crises at present. A new enlightenment is already underway and is limited only by the persistence of detractors bounded by the constructed opportunism of the system.

THE CENTRAL PROBLEM
The central problem is how all-important abstract (systemic) issues such as climate change and institutional racism become obfuscated and marginalized through market forces and cognitive biases, in turn producing self-defeating abstract wars of attrition against populations and the environment. This status-quo is exacerbated by our constant crisis of epistemic authority, where public trust is eroded, the mainstream media is corrupt and misinformative, and knowledge is instrumentalized at the expense of truth. The problem is in fact overdetermined by a nexus of causal factors. In response, we seek to simplify the meta- crises in order to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio in civil discourse to correct these aberrations at the root level.

THE META- TURN
The prefix "meta-" (variously denoting change, beyond, above, etc.) has many vital uses that coalesce with the advent of metamodernity. The concepts of “metacognition” (thinking about thinking) and “metanoia” (to change one’s mind) are central to intellectual revolution. "Meta-analysis” reveals unknown common truths across conceptually related studies, providing a ‘big picture’ perspective and quality control. The study of "metaphysics" as social humanism reclaims it as a ‘philosophy of first principles,’ and highlights the distinction between physical and social science. Marx's notion of "metabolic rift" theorizes the entropy of ecological and social systems under capitalism, granting us the necessary foresight to prevent such dehumanizing decay. As a novel enterprise, TATO aims to be the superlative "meta-" think tank to apply these insights, coordinating epistemic communities and solving fundamental contradictions at an abstract level. Many conventional think tanks are demonstrably partial and have been increasingly corporatized under neoliberalism, undermining their function as progenitors of objective thought. Our role is in part to compel corporate social responsibility in the marketplace of ideas, with a program of capitalist "absolution" as a system-wide process of truth and reconciliation.

BUSINESS PLAN
See website to download the business plan.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Brent Cooper is the Founder and Executive Director of The Abs-Tract Organization. His primary training is as a political sociologist, focusing on knowledge-power dynamics and elite-mass relations. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from UBC, where he won the Mack Eastman United Nations Essay Prize and received a Graduating Student Leader Award. He subsequently earned an MSc. in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics, where he crystallized a critical worldview, and wrote a dissertation on The Zeitgeist Movement. His varied work experience includes studying renewable energy markets at the National Research Council (Canada), internships at the Simons Centre for Disarmament and the Canadian International Council, and self-employment. His time is spent on research projects for The Abs-Tract Organization.
Tiers
Lifesaver
$1 or more per month
You get our endless gratitude and continued commitment to the work. 

A small donation goes a long way with TATO. Please give $1 at least. We will have strength in numbers. Rewards will be more detailed and expanded as funding thresholds are met.
Thoughtful Person
$5 or more per month
  • Still working out the details...
  • Plus all previous rewards
Critical Thinker
$10 or more per month
  • Still working out the details...
  • Plus all previous rewards
Aspiring Philosopher
$15 or more per month
  • Still working out the details...
  • Plus all previous rewards
Research Assistant
$25 or more per month
  • Access to selected library of eBooks in DropBox folder.
  • Still working out the details...
  • Plus all previous rewards
Policy Wonk
$50 or more per month
  • Participate in Slack team chat, discuss TATO projects 
  • Plus all previous rewards
Paradigm Shifter
$100 or more per month
  • Still working out the details...
  • Plus all previous rewards
Budding Philanthropist
$500 or more per month
  • One-on-One monthly meeting/ video chat
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
1% complete
When we reach $2000 I can work full time on The Abs-Tract Organization, which includes running and expanding the organization, a lot of research and writing, planning and logistics, social media, outreach, communications, volunteer coordination, video production, podcasts, and more...

At $2000 a month, I can produce roughly 1 well researched article per week, while dedicating the rest of my time to basic operations, carrying out the business plan, and developing new tools and strategies.

This is the minimum goal to get started. Other Patreon producers with similar projects are making a lot of money, and we only need a fraction of this to get started.
Matt Bruenig (People's Policy Project) - $8k+/mo
Jordan Peterson - $70k+/mo
Chapo Trap House - $70k+/mo

Once this goal is met, I will be able to add more goals for specific projects to ensure a reliable workflow and productivity.

For example, such additional goals could include:
$500/ mo to hire virtual assistants
$500/ mo on enterprise software packages, fees.
$500/mo to keep producing the Chilluminati Chat Double Plus ++ Podcast once a month.
$1000/ mo to produce a monthly educational or news video.
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The Abs-Tract Organization ("TATO") is a meta- think tank formed to provide global solutions to systemic problems, specializing in "abstraction". an advanced thinking process and social critique with wide ranging applications. We are a novel type of think tank guided by the principles of the emerging paradigm of metamodernism, which we are co-creating. We also have 5 more research streams beyond abstraction.

In some ways we are aspiring in the realm of Matt Bruenig's People's Policy Project think tank startup. We want to be crowdsourced, and produce public sociology, education, and policy advocacy that serves society and delivers social justice. In order to do this, seed capital is required to cover basic living expenses and startup costs. We want to rise above the discourse of contemporary think tanks, which are ridden with problems, and engage both elites and masses about a new abstract metanarrative. Help us do it.

What we've done so far with no help/funding over the past 4 years:
Business Plan, White Paper, and Website
- 60+ academics interested in participating
25+ blog articles on abstraction related to topics (AI, society, cognitive mapping, intelligence, skepticism, political polarization, institutional racism, journalism, think tanks, and more)
25+ artistic short film webisodes/ clips (part of an experimental film to promote abstraction and make fun of ab-gimmicks)
5 podcasts of critical political commentary (Chilluminati Chat).

ESSENTIAL VALUE PROPOSITION
TATO's essential value proposition is found in the concept and special applications of "abstraction," a manifold term differentiated across and within many fields, including math, computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and social theory. Such a vast methodological synthesis is resistant to summary, and is detailed within this Business Plan. Abstraction is generally defined as a conceptual process of complexity reduction that highlights the essential properties or first principles of a given object or idea. Given the wide range of expressions, from a shorthand for critical thinking to an integral process of knowledge production, the utility of abstraction cannot be understated. However, as the term 'abstract' is highly equivocal, TATO provides the necessary depth and insight to make abstraction more accessible and relevant to the public and specialists alike.

MISSION
Our broad mission is to establish a new consensus of superordinate knowledge to streamline and pacify globalization. TATO emphasizes the urgency and opportunity to 'abstract' a unified social critique in the context of the emergent paradigm of "metamodernism," as a new cultural, political, scientific, and social movement representing a post-ideological, open source, globally responsive, paradox resolving, grand narrative. In this context, abstraction comes to refer to the cumulative pursuit of higher-order self-evident logic that transcends contradictory discourses and dissolves ideological conflict. Our process involves the depoliticization, demystification, and distillation of truth in order to directly confront the multifarious epistemic crises at present. A new enlightenment is already underway and is limited only by the persistence of detractors bounded by the constructed opportunism of the system.

THE CENTRAL PROBLEM
The central problem is how all-important abstract (systemic) issues such as climate change and institutional racism become obfuscated and marginalized through market forces and cognitive biases, in turn producing self-defeating abstract wars of attrition against populations and the environment. This status-quo is exacerbated by our constant crisis of epistemic authority, where public trust is eroded, the mainstream media is corrupt and misinformative, and knowledge is instrumentalized at the expense of truth. The problem is in fact overdetermined by a nexus of causal factors. In response, we seek to simplify the meta- crises in order to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio in civil discourse to correct these aberrations at the root level.

THE META- TURN
The prefix "meta-" (variously denoting change, beyond, above, etc.) has many vital uses that coalesce with the advent of metamodernity. The concepts of “metacognition” (thinking about thinking) and “metanoia” (to change one’s mind) are central to intellectual revolution. "Meta-analysis” reveals unknown common truths across conceptually related studies, providing a ‘big picture’ perspective and quality control. The study of "metaphysics" as social humanism reclaims it as a ‘philosophy of first principles,’ and highlights the distinction between physical and social science. Marx's notion of "metabolic rift" theorizes the entropy of ecological and social systems under capitalism, granting us the necessary foresight to prevent such dehumanizing decay. As a novel enterprise, TATO aims to be the superlative "meta-" think tank to apply these insights, coordinating epistemic communities and solving fundamental contradictions at an abstract level. Many conventional think tanks are demonstrably partial and have been increasingly corporatized under neoliberalism, undermining their function as progenitors of objective thought. Our role is in part to compel corporate social responsibility in the marketplace of ideas, with a program of capitalist "absolution" as a system-wide process of truth and reconciliation.

BUSINESS PLAN
See website to download the business plan.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Brent Cooper is the Founder and Executive Director of The Abs-Tract Organization. His primary training is as a political sociologist, focusing on knowledge-power dynamics and elite-mass relations. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from UBC, where he won the Mack Eastman United Nations Essay Prize and received a Graduating Student Leader Award. He subsequently earned an MSc. in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics, where he crystallized a critical worldview, and wrote a dissertation on The Zeitgeist Movement. His varied work experience includes studying renewable energy markets at the National Research Council (Canada), internships at the Simons Centre for Disarmament and the Canadian International Council, and self-employment. His time is spent on research projects for The Abs-Tract Organization.

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Tiers
Lifesaver
$1 or more per month
You get our endless gratitude and continued commitment to the work. 

A small donation goes a long way with TATO. Please give $1 at least. We will have strength in numbers. Rewards will be more detailed and expanded as funding thresholds are met.
Thoughtful Person
$5 or more per month
  • Still working out the details...
  • Plus all previous rewards
Critical Thinker
$10 or more per month
  • Still working out the details...
  • Plus all previous rewards
Aspiring Philosopher
$15 or more per month
  • Still working out the details...
  • Plus all previous rewards
Research Assistant
$25 or more per month
  • Access to selected library of eBooks in DropBox folder.
  • Still working out the details...
  • Plus all previous rewards
Policy Wonk
$50 or more per month
  • Participate in Slack team chat, discuss TATO projects 
  • Plus all previous rewards
Paradigm Shifter
$100 or more per month
  • Still working out the details...
  • Plus all previous rewards
Budding Philanthropist
$500 or more per month
  • One-on-One monthly meeting/ video chat
  • Plus all previous rewards