Re: virus: PHIL: Maxims

Twirlip of Greymist (
Fri, 10 Nov 1995 17:27:15 -0800 (PST)

/At 12:06 PM 11/6/95 -0800, Twirlip of Greymist wrote:
/>other, and which are spontaneously ordered into complex patterns by the
/>The rest is details."

/and it consists of void and atoms, then do physical forces exist?
/Does this preclude the existence of memes too? It wouldn't look good

1) Not a topic I want to tackle straight off. Details?
2) Memes are just complex patterns. They don't "exist" the way atoms do
or souls are supposed to.

/I also think we should separate a statement about the pervasiveness of
/evolutionary processes into its own maxim.

QUite possibly; I was just trying to expand Feynman's "one sentence to
pass on to posterity." Actually, in quantum, forces like magnetism can
be explained by the interaction of virtual particles, so all is
particles and void, which isn't the same as atoms. But again, there was
a one-sentence explicit constraint, and I assumed an implicit constraint
of "and make it a semi-natural sentence, not a run-on or too contorted."

-xx- Damien R. Sullivan X-) <*>

She became a duck, a duck all on the stream,
He became a water-dog and fetched her back again.