Re: virus: Metasystem Transition

Tim Rhodes (
Fri, 31 Jan 1997 14:49:25 -0800 (PST)

On Thu, 30 Jan 1997, Dan Plante wrote:

> Such nastiness. What did I do, run over your dog, or something?

Sorry. Your posting caught me in one of my moods. It was the length of
the posting (some of us must pay to download), not its contents that
insighted me. Nevertheless, I should not have vented the annoyances of my
day on you. I apologize.

> > The critical element in human culture is not knowledge, but
> >ignorance.
> The critical thing that exists in human culture is that which does
> not exist. Gotcha.

I actually believe this is true. I'm speaking here of motivations. All
the charged electrons in the world alone won't run your computer. But if
you provide a place for them to flow into, a place with an absence of
those electrons, you get electricity. You can do work. I think the same
is true of ideas/memes. Naive minds are a necessary part of equation in
transmitting memes. That's what childhood is all about. Memes have
selected to fit our life cycle. We are born empty and gradually acquire
more and more memes. At the same time, I grow through teaching just as
much as being taught. The flow of ideas serves us both. So, yes, I
believe ignorance is important in human culture.

And I'm sure you believe me of endless import by this definition.

-Prof. Tim