RE: virus: Four Principles Digest

Wright, James 7929 (
Wed, 02 Apr 97 09:50:00 EST

Tony Hindle wrote:

> What about spreading benign strains of the smallpox virus so
that to allow imuninty systems to evolve?<

This is an interesting proposition. How do you test a "benign strain" of
a virulent toxic meme? How do you contain it?
Imagine that a given meme-ecology, say the French body-politic (randomly
chosen) needs innoculation against a virulent toxic-meme complex, say
Nazism. How can you test a hopefully-benign strain of French National
Socialism for efficacy? Do you later deliberately introduce virulent
French National Socialism and observe for atrocities?
The penalties for failure are enormous.
Should we be trying to develop antibody memes for general application
against widespread forms of antisocial behavior? What might such memes
be, and what test protocol would demonstrate their efficacy? How do we
locate a control group (uninfected) for comparison purposes?
I realize the above stretches the meme/virus analogy to difficult limits,
and it may already break down in the above examples. If CofV is to create
product memes that improve the global societies, however, I suspect that
some type of resolution must be found for the questions/problems above.
What do you think, Tony?