Re: virus: Hello and thanks for the fish

David McFadzean (
Thu, 23 Jan 1997 09:46:33 -0700

At 11:37 PM 22/01/97 -0800, Tim Rhodes wrote:

> Greetings. I haven't introduced myself yet, I'm Tim. I've been
>reading about memetics for a while, but I'm new to Virus. You seem a

Welcome to the list!

> I'll apologize in advance for my nature. Some would say I'm a
>troublemaker. It's the Aries in me, I can't help myself. I'm most

Astrology? Are you trying to pick a fight already? :-)

>comfortable in the role of court jester. I like to stir things up just to
>see what'll boil to the surface. I don't mean any harm and you shouldn't
>expect me to always believe the things I say. Sometimes I just like to
>see what happens when someone says them. Feel free to put me in my place
>at any time.

Heretics are welcome as long as they play by the rules. Of course since
the rules aren't published anywhere one of the objects of the game is to
figure out what the rules are.

> I wonder, has anyone seem any good mathematical models of meme
>transmission or spread through a given ideasphere? Any hints as to where
>to start looking?

You could start at Aaron Lynch's site (author of Thought Contagion):

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus