Re: virus: RE: Virus: Level 3 Examples or "Is Clinton A Level 3?"
Mon, 25 Nov 1996 22:05:27 -0600 (CST)

On Tue, 19 Nov 1996, Schneider John wrote:

> Jim Gentry wrote:
> > So what do you think, is Bill Clinton a level 3? He seems to
> > be willing to do what is "useful." How about other examples of
> > level 3 activity.
> That occurred to me as well... another example is religion - some
> Christians, when confronted with enough argumentation which cannot
> be gotten around, just say "it's right for me, and that's that,"
> which sounds rather level 3 to me.
> - JPS

You'll have to show me that argumentation sometime [NOT ON THIS LIST!
Please, I don't need a flame war on this list....]

This [facetiously?] suggests a new level:

Level 0

Sketch of concept:
Level 0 is *also* acquired by formal education. It is distinguished by a
remarkable lack of memetic integrity, compared to Levels 1, 2, and 3.
Until the advent of more ad-hoc levels, Level 0 is considered to attempt
to masquerade as either level 2 or level 3. It may be distinguished from
both of these, over time, by the lack of consistent intense resolve towards
claimed goals.

The lack of memetic integrity consists in the expression [not
too close in time, that is inhuman] of many apparently-dominant memes that
directly attack each other.

Your example about "Christians" [I won't classify Clinton; it
would not surprise me if many of those who voted for him are Level 0,
even if Clinton is of a "higher" level] defines a nominal phenotype of the
Christians that functions at Level 0.

Given that many churches these days are full of devout unbelievers, many
of these pseudotheists, I would not be surprised if many of these nominal
phenotypic Christians are really mimics hailing from some other religion.

[Oh. Pseudotheist: someone who is convinced that he believes in a God,
but doesn't. This may be discerned by the lack of hardship caused
by his beliefs. "No pain, no gain".]

I'm probably going to be email-down over Thanksgiving break, until Dec. 1st.

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