virus: a tangent

Kirt A. Dankmyer -- aka Loki (
Mon, 17 Mar 1997 09:14:17 -0500

In talking about alternative thought processes, a thought occurred to me.
Do some memes not, in some cases, create a "memetic immune system", making
the transmission of certain "rival" memes difficult, and/or "encapsulating"
memes so they can do less "harm" to the overall system? When I'm talking of
"encapsulation", I'm thinking of cases like "I know about that, but I don't
believe it" and more sophisticated cases like Saint Thomas Aquinas's
appropriation of Aristotalian thought under a Catholic umbrella. (I guess
the latter would be more like absorption.)

Given that such memetic immune systems exist, how would one construct a
meme to damage the action of the immune system, making someone somewhat
more open-minded? (Mo, this is not a sneaking question about how to
convince Objectivists they're wrong...)

Kirt A. Dankmyer <> --- Academic Computing Specialist -- (910) 759-4202 -- PGP public key available.
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