RE: virus: CoV Memetics: Mysticism of the 90's

Richard Brodie (
Wed, 12 Feb 1997 11:54:32 -0800

David R wrote:

>Selfish gene/meme theory is fine. It appears that it has been taken to
>by some memebers I've chatted (argued) with. Seeing oneself as a
>collection of
>memes can lead to drug-like delusions as I mentioned.

What is your objective evidence for this wild remark?
>I agree with what you say about Plato-( particulars of this world
>considered mere opinions.) But, based on discussions I've had, some
>people take
>on Platonistic positions. I'm not saying that YOU do.

There's something about our model that you don't understand.
>>>Memetics version: Don't hang on to your current beliefs, submit to a
>>>crisis" in which dominant memes will take over for your own good.
>David M. wrote:
>>Where are you getting this from?
>Maybe I will take the time to give examples from writing by some
>memebers who
>imply the above.

Be careful! It's easy to think someone's "implying" something, but it's
not objective. Any interpretation you give someone's statement that is
greater than the simple words used is just that: YOUR INTERPRETATION.
That's the kind of thing that gets dishes thrown about in marriages.

Richard Brodie +1.206.688.8600
CEO, Brodie Technology Group, Inc., Bellevue, WA, USA
Do you know what a "meme" is?