Re: virus: Is there room for mysticism?

David McFadzean (
Tue, 09 Jan 1996 11:54:10 -0700

At 10:02 PM 04/01/96 MST, Joel Bradford Klammer wrote:

>Some other religions promise eternal life in paradise for all who
>seek it. The closest Virus can offer is an extropian scenario of
>longevity in this dirty world, available to those can afford the
>technology (which in its initial phases is likely to be few). As
>a memetic engineer, which do you think has greater mass appeal?

Is this a trick question? I think what Virus has to offer is more
appealing when you take into account the probability of delivering
on what is promised. The other religions currently have greater
mass appeal only because the masses aren't educated in critical
thinking, especially decision theory. Now the question is do the
masses want to be educated? If so, is their any advantage for us
to spend the resources to provide the education?

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Merak Projects Ltd.