Re: virus: pop quiz #6

JabberWokky (
Wed, 14 Feb 1996 18:03:57 -0500 (EST)

On Wed, 14 Feb 1996, David McFadzean wrote:

> Which statement holds the most truth?
> The world is made of objects.
> The world is made of words.
> The world is made of relations.
> The world is made of atoms.
> The world is made of values.
> The world is made of laws.
> The world is made of qualia.
> Something else?

All of these are 'tags' for the semantic value 'tag'. It's a
self-referential question -- you're are trying to use words to define
the value of 'word'... only in a much more difficult way.

This is the key between self-study and group attempts at
developing philosophy. Group attempts at examining semantics are
limited by the fact that they are conveyed through the exact medium
that they are attempting to discuss.

We can never know if you and I think alike -- we can only refer
to common touchstones that we pretend have meaning. This does not
mean that they are real -- but it does mean that they have meaning:
'meaning' is another of the common fictions that we use.

I like many of the ideas behind the Church of Virus --
but you are already developing too narrow a view of the
cosmos. Memes are an attempt at quantization of thought
patterns. Working from Quantum thought theory (or at least
atomic -- we can suppose that there are chemical reactions
that are below memetic patterns... Lust and physical hunger,
for instance) is an interesting concept.

Evan "JabberWokky" E.
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