virus: a tangent

Kirt A. Dankmyer -- aka Loki (
Tue, 18 Mar 1997 09:02:31 -0500

>>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...)
>Beware. Memetic AIDS.

This is actually what I was thinking, but I didn't want to say that. Some
people find the "infection" metaphore nasty enough as it is.

The thing is, many "immune systems" are different -- i.e. Objectivism as
opposed to, say, Catholicism. I'm not sure there's a memetic AIDS capable
of affecting the devout Catholic and the devout Wiccan in the same breath,
as it were. (Disclaimer: Not that there's anything wrong with being a
devout Catholic, Wiccan, an Objectivist, a Discordian, or a cow. The
problem is getting hidebound and dogmatic...)

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