>Date: Mon, 17 Mar 1997 09:39:42 -0500
>To: "Kirt A. Dankmyer -- aka Loki" <email@example.com>
>From: "Scott L. Hamilton" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>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?
-- Kirt A. Dankmyer <email@example.com> --- Academic Computing Specialist http://www.wfu.edu/~dankmyka/ -- (910) 759-4202 -- PGP public key available. For the Snark _was_ a Boojum, you see. --Lewis Carroll