Re: virus: Re: Sling Blade

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Sun, 6 Apr 1997 00:21:51 -0800 (PST)

> > One cannot deny that there are successful memetic replicators that
> > resonate with some genetic predispostion or prejudice to their
> > benefit at our expense. But in the long run, even they are subject
> > to copying error because the predispositions themselves are mutating.
> > In the very long run, only those memes that represent verifiable
> > reality maintain their fidelity.
> There is a word for genes that maintain their fidelity in the face of
> changing environment factors; "extinct".
> -Prof. Tim

True enough. That requires then an additional caveat: memes that
represent aspects of reality /that don't change over evolutionary
time/ are those whose fidelity will lead to their success. If
the laws of physics are time-varying (and there's no way to know
whether they are or not), then it might be that such memes will
not be successful. I'm not sure I'm willing to bet on that side
just yet though.

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