Re: virus: RE: Abortion (formerly AIDS Meme)
Fri, 25 Oct 1996 20:21:26 -0500 (CDT)

On Thu, 24 Oct 1996, Hakeeb A. Nandalal wrote:


> Statements like "abortion on whim" sound ominous but regardless of the
memes in your head, my head, and the
> pro-lifers heads, let's not make up anyone else's mind for them.

Well, social reality in the United States is ominous, then.


I was not aware that it "was possible to make someone else's mind up for
him". The most that can be done is "frustrate him/her extremely, or worse."

[Correction. Lawyers try to do that to witnesses in court, by rewriting
the witnesses' memory in real-time. Failing that, they try to do it to
the jury. That's one of the functions of 'cross-examining'.]

[Fix a normative frame, for what follows.]
People do NOT suddenly become "better" just because someone makes it hard
to do something "wrong", X. Some DO suddenly become "worse". Frivolously
forbidden actions/items simply provoke resistance and deceit.

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd