Re: virus: MEME UPDATE: To Censor Or Not?

David McFadzean (
Tue, 10 Dec 1996 21:40:53 -0700

At 12:59 AM 11/12/96 GMT, Dave Pape wrote:

>To say "I" was responsible for a "new" idea is, to me, wrong. In a sense,
>what gave rise to "my" ideas was anything BUT me- it was memes from other
>people and patterns in the outside world.
>"I" am resource in which memes/ideas interact, like biological organisms in
>an ecology. What I used to think was "a new idea" is an association between
>existing memes and ideas. Like relationships develop between genetic
>entities in the world of biology, giving rise to ecological systems.

A subtle change in perspective can make a big difference. You identify
with the environment in which the memes you host interact, correct? What
if you identified with the ecology of memes instead? If the interaction
of my current set of memes gives rise to a new idea, and I *am* that
same set of memes, then I can say that I'm responsible for the new idea.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus