Re: virus: Rationality

Alex Williams (
Fri, 28 Feb 1997 08:27:32 -0500 (EST)

> But I'd say not all ideas are memes for a different reason: Not all ideas
> are directly communicable. Zen teachers know this, which is why they make
> their students go through weird and disorienting mental experiences, in an
> attempt to make them understand things their teachers can't just explain
> to them (Sometimes even directly-communicable ideas may be better spread
> by indirect communication; Richard knows this too).

Is direct communicability a requisite for memehood, however? You're a
self-professed member of the Zanderian Heresy, no? Which would imply
you agree that /no/ memes can be transmitted, they can just be `hinted
about,' if you will. Some memes are harder to work linguistic
charades about than others.