RE: virus: Rationality

Richard Brodie (
Thu, 27 Feb 1997 16:24:06 -0800

Zander the heretic wrote:

>Memes /themselves/ are
>never transmitted. They travel via no medium, except in further
>abstraction, one I'm loath to step to because it loses some necessary
>detail for me. In the camping example, what you've transmitted are
>some marks, some traces in the world which I then come along and
>/interpret/, however fuzzily. That fuzziness is /key/ in
>understanding why I say memes cannot be transmitted, they can only
>make a mark on the world for another to interpret.

It sounds to me like you've backed off your "memes cannot be
transmitted" heresy and now are saying "memes can never be copied with
100% fidelity." I suspect you'll have less disagreement with your new