virus: Re: virus-digest V1 #26

KMO prime (
Sat, 21 Sep 1996 22:24:16 EDT

On Sat, 21 Sep 1996 17:56:36 -0500 (CDT) writes:
>On Sat, 21 Sep 1996, KMO prime wrote:

>> What I find repulsive about numerous religious meme-complexes is
>> practice of undermining the ability for critical thought in their
>> and the demonization of those who refuse to allow themselves to be
>> limited. Not all religions are guilty of this tactic, and
>> meme-complexes employ this tactic as well.

>That's going to take a while for me to understand properly.

Judging by your last paragraph you now sustain a particular mental model,
and that model is the one I had hoped to cause you to sustain when I
wroted that paragraph. That is to say, I don't know if you 'got' what I
was saying, but you seem to 'get it' just the same.

> Even
>superficially, it demonstrates [in my frame--consensual evidence isn't
>there, so don't ask me for it] that those numerous religious
>meme-complexes are designed to 'make their hosts easy TO demonize'!

By 'consensual evidence', do you mean evidence that everyone in this
particular disscussion would accept as compelling or even count as
evidence? Or is this a term of art?

>The 'demonization as those who refuse to allow themselves to be so
>limited' could then be viewed as the psychological (non)defense of
>projection, or as a memetic allergy.

Perhaps. What is "the psychological (non)defence of projection?" I supose
the memetic allergy model works if you look at the interaction as the
religious meme-complex detecting rationality memes and triggering an
allergic reaction in the religious meme-complex's host(s) that manifests
itself as hatred of reason and the demonization of those who employ it.
Is that what you had in mind?

>[Critical thought doesn't make the fool process impossible, but it
>make it harder to pull off effectively. While nothing is completely
>predictable, it would be good general strategy for a memetic system
>dependent on mental unclarity to: 1, attack the ability to critically
>think; 2, get a thoroughly influenced host to have a memetic allergy
>those who do critically think.]

I think we're in sinc here.

Take care. -KMO