Re: virus: Re: Virus: Sociological Change
Thu, 12 Dec 1996 10:43:24 -0600 (CST)

On Mon, 9 Dec 1996, Martin Traynor wrote:

> On 6 Dec 96 at 14:09, wrote:
> > I'd start by looking for self-attacking memes, especially those that do
> > so indirectly. These are more likely to be unequivocally
> > "counter-productive" without resort to ill-grounded value judgments.
> Could you clarify. Do you mean memes which attack themselves or memes
> which attack their hosts?

Memes that attack themselves.

Memes that attack their hosts [autotoxic memes] may well have societal
uses that render their "counterproductivity" equivocal. Altruism [in
various instantiations] is a popular candidate for this class of meme,
over in biology.

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