Re: virus: a tangent

Dan Plante (
Wed, 19 Mar 1997 17:58:08 -0800

At 09:23 AM 3/19/97 -0800, Prof. Tim wrote:
>On Tue, 18 Mar 1997, Dan Plante wrote:
>> An undisturbed mind can be viewed as a set of ideas or memes whose "inter-
>> relatedness" or "sets of associations" is at its most complex, and is largely
>> static, or "settled" from a more fluid to a more solid state.
>Undisturbed and static? Is that /good/!?!

It is neither good, bad, nor indifferent. It is the description of a process
using analogy and metaphor.

>A fluid, chaotic, and unstable
>system can support a greater degree of complexity than a static system.

Possibly. But what does that have to do with the essence of the post?

The wording and tone of your response seems to indicate an inordinate emotional
investment in a particular aesthetic. This can have the effect of imposing
value judgements inappropriately, which is a serious impediment to efficient