virus: urban legends

Kirt A. Dankmyer -- aka Loki (
Mon, 17 Mar 1997 10:10:23 -0500

I've been forwarding messages from this list to a friend of mine, and he
came up with a comment I thought y'all would find interesting.
-Loki (in North Carolina, NOT Seattle)

>Date: Mon, 17 Mar 1997 09:39:42 -0500
>To: "Kirt A. Dankmyer -- aka Loki" <>
>From: "Scott L. Hamilton" <>
>Subject: Re: virus: urban legends
>>>By the way, while the three people in that personal anecdote are female, I
>>>don't appreciate the "Women eh", suggesting as it does, without actually
>>>stating it, that this phenomenon (telling the stories we like regardless
>>>of their truth value) is typical of females, or that males never engage in
>>>it. Nuff said.
>Here's a scheme for you to discuss, possibly the most infectous and
>successful meme complex in the world: the 'war of the sexes' meme-complex.
>Not only the contents of the meme-complex, but why that particular scheme is
>so successful. The dichotomy of gender near universal and a lot of the
>aspects of it don't vary (i.e. men are strong, women are subtle). Is the
>fact that disparate civilizations seem to have developed a similar scheme
>mean that not only is it successful, but more probable to be an accurate
>representation of reality?
> Which brings up another issue: the accuracy of memes. How does the
>accuracy of a meme affect it's propigation? And, possibly more important,
>should the 'truth' of a meme be used as criteria of the desireablilty of the
>meme? Does truth equal beauty, in this respect?

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