Re: virus: Memetic Innoculation in public education

Dan Plante (
Tue, 25 Mar 1997 21:57:17 -0800

At 08:58 AM 3/25/97 -0500, Nate Gifford wrote:
>A friend sent me the following article. I am assuming it is in the public
>Note the form that the "Deep Thoughts" take. One part of the thought
>always refers to
>some sort of reassuring meme, and the second part debunks it by reducing it
>to absurdity. This seems like an excellent mechanism for building up a
>young memetic immune system.

I see what you mean. Kind of a "self-contained conceptual refutation".
The first part makes you expect something totally different than the
last part. I can see how, if implemented in an appropriate way, it might
shape their /way/ of thinking, rather than /what/ they think. Get them used
to "thinking outside the box", to borrow some business jargon.

My personal favorite:

>Home is where the house is. Age 6

This is just /way/ too precious :-)