Re: virus: Virus

David McFadzean (
Thu, 3 Aug 1995 12:25:57 -0600

At 11:30 AM 8/2/95 -0600, Todd M Kuipers esq wrote:

>Mind control? It seems to me that if I believe, I believe. Memes are
>perpetuated ideas, they catch on or they die a quick death. VIrus isn't
>mind control. If it turns out that the memes suck (meaning they are poorly
>propagated) then Virus stays small. If this was mind control we'd already
>be on the cult list.

The only problem with using "mind control" to describe what we are
attempting is the bad connotations attached. But that doesn't change
the fact that controlling minds in precisely our goal if we want to
teach people to become rational agents through critical thinking.

I don't see anything morally wrong with mind control. That is what
happens whenever we use language, in fact that is all that language
is used for.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Merak Projects Ltd.