Re: virus: Re: virus-digest V2 #32

Peter Charlot (
Fri, 7 Feb 1997 10:02:18 -1000

Reed wrote:
>A meme's ability to propoage is not unrealted to it's benifit to the host,
>but benifit is not a prerequisite for propogation. In how many situations
>have you noted promotion based on interpersonal politics instead of
>demonstrated ability or potential? In the world of the "Peter principle"
>is it really so hard to imagine us all carrying around tons on memetic
Memes are servants of the host, but servants are known to rebel. To do so
requires holding hostage one or more host controls. For example the "hell
and damnation" meme holds hostage the fight or flight response and so
promotes in the host a sense of constant danger. The only resolution seems
to be in the very meme who is shouting "Danger"! In such a situation, a
meme can control the host. This is what is meant by "You have an idea, an
ideology has you."
Peter (Not the principle)