Re: FW: virus: From the shadows

Kirt A. Dankmyer -- aka Loki (
Wed, 19 Mar 1997 10:12:40 -0500

>>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
>Kirt is giving an example of a popular spin technique in which a commonly
>accepted 'big lie' is only implied, not explicitly stated.

Are you saying that you don't filter memes, and you don't have a memetic
immune system? What if I tried to infect you with the meme "A is not A"?
Would that work? That's all I was saying there. Objectivism, just like
Catholicism, is a meme-complex that includes a system for evaluating, and
discarding, memes. All people have them -- just some immune systems are
more codified than others.

I'm mildly curious as to which "big lie" I'm spin-doctoring here.

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