Re: virus: Re: complexity

Alexander Williams (
Tue, 26 Nov 1996 14:16:08 -0500

David McFadzean wrote:
> True, but the heiroglyphs contained messages like "Cleopatra is pharaoh"
> which exist independently of 1920's Egyto-vogue. Wouldn't you agree that
> the heiroglyphs encode the memes that represent the "accurate cultural
> knowledge" you refer to?

They don't encode the cultural context within which the statement is
intended to exist. Is it heretical? Obsequious? Positively unctious?
Purely informational? How does its connotation change in the context of
the commentary in heiroglyph surrounding it?

I would say the glyphs sketch a pattern which, when fed to a set of
language-interpretation meme-complexes turn out memes which may or may
not correspond to those which the original author intended.

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