Re: virus: On Deconstruction

Alex Williams (
Tue, 1 Apr 1997 09:48:54 -0500 (EST)

> A: the limbic system hosts memes, or
> B: memes (ideas, thoughts, impressions, etc) embody their own motivation
> (that is, they are solely and directly responsible for an individual's
> actions and future direction of thought).
> I fail to see how either of these could possibly be true.

That is because your understanding is faulty.

The brain does not host memes. The CNS does not host memes. The
organism hosts memes.

Memes take input/run over the substrate of the organism. Changes in
the limbic or muscular system can change the environment of the
memesphere, giving rise to different memecologies as a reaction to the
change in environment. Memes are more abstract entities than can be
pinned down to some location in the brain, they exist as
informational, not physical, abstractions. When I state, `there is no
YOU, there is just the emergent face of your memesphere,' I literally
mean that your informational ecology, existing in both the environment
of your body and its environment, produce the fiction of you.

Hope that clears things up a bit.