I learned a new word today when a friend emailed me a link to How Skeptics and Believers Can Connect written by T. M. Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford and the author of “When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God.”
Here is how Professor Luhrmann describes it.
“Anthropologists have a term for this racheting-up of opposition: schismogenesis. Gregory Bateson developed the word to describe mirroring interactions, where every move by each side makes the other respond more negatively, like those horrible arguments with your spouse where everything you say makes the other person dig in their heels more fiercely.”
Never satisfied to leave well enough alone, I changed it to $chismogenesis “where every move by each side makes the other respond more negatively” (just as before) except both sides are being paid (bribed?) to do so.
Maybe $chismogenesis could replace Taxation Without Representation on my Washington, DC license plate?