RE: virus: The seven deadly memes?

Richard Brodie (
Mon, 1 Jul 1996 22:20:56 -0700[] wrote:

>This is a fascinating hypothesis. How does the other side of the
>coin look from this pov? Richard, how would one describe the virtues
>and the
>"fruit of the spirit" i.e., faith, hope, love, mercy, (my memory fails
>etc. in evolutionary terms?

There is a genetic-evolutionary component to altruism discussed
extensively by Dawkins in his books, having to do with gene-sharing. But
I would imagine most of those "religious memes" evolved memetically for
several reasons:

- desire by those in power to control the rest (e.g. hope)
- selfish meme propagation (e.g., faith)
- people noticed that their lives improved when they lived this way!

>Richard Brodie +1.206.688.8600
>CEO, Brodie Technology Group, Inc., Bellevue, WA USA
>Do you know what a "meme" is?