Re: virus: Memetics debates

Kevin M O'Connor (
Mon, 28 Oct 1996 15:58:53 EST

On Sat, 26 Oct 1996 07:42:19 -0500 David Leeper <>
> wrote:
>> Now to say we are not even masters of our own mind is yet
>> another such blow, and understandably engenders hostility.
>Wait a minute. I think this is backwards.
>In olden days...[clip]

Many people do see memetics as a threat to their autonomy. Yes, it's
based on a misunderstanding of what constitutes "self" but the resistance
is there just the same, and Dan has correctly identified one basis for
that resistance. If you have never encountered this sort of resistance,
check out the current Brain Tennis match-up between Aaron Lynch and
Richard Barbrook on Hotwired.

Take care. -KMO