virus: AIDS Meme

Lior Golgher (
Sun, 20 Oct 1996 22:22:01 -0700

What about the idea of an AIDS meme? Here are its features:
1. The meme uses the immune system's facilities in order to replicate.
2. By using those facilities for its own replication it unables their proper function.
3. The immune system spends its resources on fighting the meme. It manages to reduce the number of active memes
to a certain point, till the meme wins over as the immune system is exhausted.
4. Gradually the immune system weakens. On a certain point, a meme which is usually destroyed by the immune
system takes advantage of the new situation. It consumes all the system's resources until the system is
completely dead.
5. All memes die, including the AIDS meme.

I found it hard to define the right equivalents of infection and external propagation. They are equally
important anyway. The stress is upon the concept of a lethal meme which does survive.

Any suggestions?