Re: virus: RE: Re: Level 3 Minds and Uncertainty
Sat, 2 Nov 1996 14:52:44 -0600 (CST)

On Tue, 1 Oct 1996, David Leeper wrote:

> Kenneth Boyd,
> > Try this remap:
> >
> > Level 1: replicators based on genes (Example: Humans)
> > Level 2: replicators based on memes (Examples: Emotions,
> > Knowledge-bases/fields of study)
> > Level 3: applying extreme internal selective pressures to the replicators
> > based on memes. [This is effectively what the 'one purpose' does.]
> This is the best so far. At least it's a definition. Does anyone else agree
> with this?
> So we wipe out memes that don't serve a use to a "purpose"? "Take out the
> garbage." so to speak? ....

NO! It is very hard to predict which memes will be useful in which
contexts until the context is defined. It may be necessary to use memes
conditional on context; there could be memes that are useful in
only 2 or 3 out of 100+ fields. [In social settings, it is worse than
useless to try to control others overtly, but controlling oneself is
INCREDIBLY useful--when it can be done.]

Archiving currently-unuseful memes is more like it.


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