Re: virus: Rationality

Alexander Williams (
Mon, 03 Mar 1997 14:01:53 -0500

Richard Brodie wrote:
> Let's remember the difference between labels, or distinction-memes, and
> operating practices, or strategy-memes. It's possible to be infected
> with all the Labels of Christianity but not DO it. Same with Level 3.

I don't think there /is/ a quantifiable difference that's namable as
`infection;' the biological implications of infection are active, while
we're simply refering to knowledge of a thing.

I find it more useful to think of all memes as `active data' in the
Object Oriented sense; a person that has the accumulated Objects that
denote Christianity may not find that the Objects have methods (hooks,
slots) that are protocol-compatible with the ones on the Objects that
make up the rest of their memesphere. They can access the methods that
get information from the Object, but the ones that operate on other
Objects do not `mesh' for one reason or another.

   Alexander Williams{}
The  Mekton  is a  powerful tool,  both  physically and emotionally.
There is something that  happens to an  enemy when he sees his  home
and family stepped on by a hundred ton metal man.    -- Arkon Verian
Of  all the weapons of the  Empire, the  greatest and most respected
were the Metal Knights.  These Knights had served the leaders of the
Bendar for Generations,   righting wrongs and  bringing  fear to the
Empire's Enemies.  It is  said that these  metal giants were  shaped
like men so  that the alien servants of  Evil would know that it was
Man who defeated them.
                               -- Scribings from the Murian Archives