RE: virus: Beyondism (a case of parallel memetic evolution?)
Mon, 20 Jan 1997 11:20:57 -0600 (CST)

On Wed, 8 Jan 1997, Richard Brodie wrote:

[First of all, Brodie has noticed that the Beyondist statement, like most
non-Inspired religious declarations, was written by an expert politician
and is almost zero-content.]

> >1. That evolution is the prime process visible in the universe,
> >to which we have to conform, and should do so in good will.
> I can think of several processes more visible than evolution. Entropy,
> for one. Should we conform to that too?

When it optimizes your goals. Tai Chi provides numerous examples where
maximizing entropy in one's motion prevents injury to oneself.

A number of computer games also benefit from maximizing entropy. A
widespread example on IBM clones is MineSweeper. If you *must* guess,
cooperate with the 2nd law of Thermodynamics.

["martial art"? Stop joking. Anything [like Tai Chi] that takes 10
years to learn to a useful level for unarmed self-defense isn't going to
compete with Karate.]

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