Re: virus: Rationality

Tim Rhodes (
Fri, 28 Feb 1997 10:22:33 -0800 (PST)

On Thu, 27 Feb 1997, Tony Hindle wrote:

> It then follows that when we perceive someone to be
> acting irrationaly, it is for one of two possible reasons (or
> both) that we can conceptualy distinguish :
> 1) They have (profoundly?) different memetic software.
> 2) their biological brain is different (Broken?)
> Here 1) refers to some one culturaly different, or a baby
> (no memetic software).


> 2) refers to someone braindamaged, Psychotic say.

I'd venture that, in the western world, the vast majority of #2s are
really #1s that no one is interested in understanding the software of. In
traditional societies they utilize the psychotic's potential by grooming
them to be Shamans. In our society we don't have a niche for that brand
of "software" so we institutionalize them.

And, yes, I am aware that psychotics have a slightly different brain
chemistry than so called "normals". But people who are taking exams have
a different brain chemistry than someone watching TV or sleeping does, as

Prof. Tim