Re: virus: Manipulation 101

David McFadzean (
Sun, 23 Feb 1997 17:03:04 -0700

At 12:10 AM 23/02/97 -0800, Eva-Lise Carlstrom wrote:
>So a meme doesn't have to be transmitted culturally, it only
>has to be potentially transmissible thus? Of to be of the type of
>thing that generally is? Something like dictionary definitions of
>femaleness, in which one has to allow for non-fertile females, so one
>can't rely on egg production as a necessary condition.

Yes, that's a good analogy.

>I meant it changes the existing entities (the ones involved in the memetic
>transfer). Did you mean "the new materials replace the old materials",
>which I agree with, or "the new entities replace the old entities", which
>I don't?

I meant that the "sexual" interaction of memes may generate new memes
that replace the old memes, thus changing the memetic ecology of the host.
(So yes, we agree.)

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus