Re: virus: Virian "tarot"
Fri, 4 Oct 1996 00:29:35 -0500 (CDT)

On Thu, 3 Oct 1996, Vicki Rosenzweig wrote:

> I'm putting "tarot" in quotes because it sounds like what we're doing
> will have only a vague connection to tarot--which is fine with me.
> Thinking about this a bit more, I noticed an omission: there ought to
> be a card or three relating to evolution. Specific ideas would be
> something to do with our basic primate ancestry (an ape, monkey,
> or early hominid skull might be a good choice here); tool-making;
> and (this is hardest to illustrate, I suspect) the broad and branching
> concept of "the future(s) of our species." I'd also be tempted to throw
> in a trilobite and/or a very early vertebrate, for context: the last few
> thousand years, however exciting, are only a small part of the story.
> Vicki

I think this actively reduces the target audience. I know of at least one
subculture, possibly in the audience for Virian Magic, that has a SEVERE
memetic allergy to biological evolution. It could also have negative
effect on the Virian Tarot audience.

The deck will be less susceptible to obsolescence if it is relatively
independent of physical science paradigms.

[This is obvious, given the concepts of structured programming and
object-oriented programming from computer science.]

[To me, insofar as biology is a science, it is a physical science.]

This is also close to the classic Protestant error, "preachy". It is
even more of an error outside the manifold versions of the Church.

/ Kenneth Boyd