Re: virus: Open Mind and Emotions

David McFadzean (
Tue, 25 Mar 1997 23:11:13 -0700

> From: Tadeusz Niwinski <>
> Date: Tuesday, March 25, 1997 2:54 PM
> Can anybody point out any differences between a concept of being controlled
> by Memes or Spirits?

I used this exact analogy when I first described memes to Ken Pantheists
many years ago. I wouldn't be surprised if it is possible to have a reasonable
discussion with someone who believes in ghosts and demon possesion if you
translate meme for spirit and vice versa.

Perhaps one major difference is that you aren't controlled by your memes
because you are your memes. It is like saying your brain is controlled by your
neurons (which is sort of true, but an odd way to look at it given the

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus