Re: virus: Manipulation 101 Lesson 10

Tony Hindle (
Wed, 12 Mar 1997 20:07:07 +0000

In message <>, Dave
Pape <> writes
>Well I don't credit them because presumably they'd want loads of money (not
>that I've earned any myself yet) but I'm massively committed to the view
>that "my" scripts and posts are the material output of a process of ideas
>which arise from the interactions of others' memes and energy patterns
>transduced by my perceptual apparatus. My point was that "thinking for
>yourself" is a bit of a hollow slogan if you buy the concept of culture and
>language (and, as it turns out Dennett thinks) human consciousness being
>interacting complexes (I say ecologies) of memes.
I buy that. I think "thinking for yourself" is better
translated as "making sure you try to understand what everybody
(subject to your filtering) is trying to say.
In order to do this one way is to translate what you think
they are saying into your own words (using your own mind tools) and
see if it still makes sense to the "author". Really we should loose
none of our self respect, and feel some healthy humility when we
admit that the ultimate "author" of everything is blind chance. (or
as you say trivialy the big bang ;).
Tony Hindle.