virus: Meme-Space Flexing, Lesson #11

Tadeusz Niwinski (
Thu, 06 Mar 1997 13:51:50 -0800

Lesson #11 Flex hard enough and take what you want

Richard Brodie about Richard Dawkins:
>Dave Pape wrote:
>>Listen people, I don't want to seem jumpy or anything, but I've
>>only got 3 days to prepare for the slight possibility that I may
>>get an opportunity to ask Richard Dawkins a question
>>about memetics.

>I wouldn't stress out about it. I don't think he knows much about
>memetics. I've chatted with him on several occasions, and he seems
>pretty much to stick to selfish-gene evolutionary biology.

and later:
>If you're still interested in the morning, I'm afraid I can't be of much
>help. He seems quite shy. KMO asked him a GREAT memetics
>question in the large group at his Seattle talk (Tad was also present,
>and we three fictional characters has a wonderful dinner afterwards
>at one of my favorite haunts) -- a question DIRECTLY related to his
>new mission as Oxford's Charles Simonyi professor of public
>understanding of science (not to be confused with the Richard
>Brodie professor of the scientific understanding of pubes) and he
>flubbed it remarkably.

>So go, and be disillusioned. He can't bring forth juniper berries
>except from a damn juniper bush.

I am a slow thinker, but it just occurred to me. Richard Brodie, when you
chatted with Richard Dawkins on several occasions, did he say anything about
you editing his "Viruses of the Mind", 1991, article title in your 1996 book
"Virus of the Mind"?

A Level-2 response will be greatly appreciated.

Regards, Tadeusz (Tad) Niwinski from planet TeTa (604) 985-4159