Re: virus: Angelica de Meme

Tadeusz Niwinski (
Mon, 31 Mar 1997 16:43:38 -0800

Tim wrote:
>The only problem is that "angels" and "devils" are part a duality that
>doesn't fit the meme paradigm. How about just "spirits" (or maybe even
>"pixies" or "elves")?

Fine with me: meme = spirit. Which brings a question: how do we know if a
meme is "useful" (an angel, I suppose) or "harmful" (a devil). Somehow
those words infected our objective science of memetics. If it is science,
maybe it would be nice to define what we mean by "useful" and "harmful" when
we use those terms. If not, "angels" and "devils" serve the purpose equally

Regards, Tadeusz (Tad) Niwinski from planet TeTa (604) 985-4159