Re: virus: Rationality

Alex Williams (
Wed, 26 Feb 1997 12:40:27 -0500 (EST)

> But surely for something to be reinterpreted, it must first be transmitted,#
> so as a quantifiably evaluation can ocurr.

If you set a fire in the woods and urinate against a tree, I can come
along some hours or days after and reinterpret those signs to say how
long its been since you've been there and whether you'd been eating
well. Did you `transmit' that information? No, not intentionally, no
transmission has occured. You made certain signs (or doody in the
bushes), I came along and interpreted it.

> I think it does, becuase it makes the distinction between whether
> the concept of rationality is a meme, which doesn't make a
> difference, or whether we really are controlled by memes. Doesn't
> that eliminate free-will?

How can you be `controlled by memes' if your mind is merely the
emergent property of a multitude? That's like saying your brain is
controlled by the cells of your skull or your foot is controlled by
the cells in your toenail. Is there any single cell you can point to
and say `this is me?' Is there any seperable selfhood you can point
to in your body? So it is with memes and your mind, in my opinion.