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

Thu, 13 Feb 97 09:17:49 CT

David R wrote:

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

A mild correction, if I may. IMHO, seeing oneself as *merely* a collection
of memes can lead to delusional thinking. The same can be said for seeing
oneself as merely genes, or primitive instincts, or thoughts beamed down
from the alien mothership. **HUMANS ARE COMPLEX** **AS OF NOW, WE DO NOT
UNDERSTAND OURSELVES.** Memetics, as a branch of thought or science, gives us
another point of view to look at ourselvs. Much like evolution, psychology,
and discordianism, it has it's good points and it's bad. Luckly, memetics
is still in it's infancy, so we can mold it to fit our own views. For
example, I don't really buy into all of Richard B.'s "level 3" stuff. If
there is a level 3, I prefer to think of it as an *alternative* way of
thinking, not an advanced one.

Corey A. Cook

ps - What, exactly, is wrong with drug-like delusions? They can be fun!

*Virgil-I must caution you, Mighty One. I am not at all sure *
* of the mental stability of our captain. *
*Max-Don't worry. I'm sure he's insane. *
* -Mighty Max:"less than 20,000 squid heads under the Sea" *