RE: virus: Re: Sling Blade

Richard Brodie (
Mon, 7 Apr 1997 14:02:18 -0700

Lee wrote:

>> If you think about it, you may come to see that it is more like
>> "simplistic ideas" or "intuitively pleasing" ideas than "rational" or
>> "real" memes that are better at propagating.
>"Simplistic" is usually a pejoritive with no content, contending
>that it is somehow rational to criticize a concept based on its
>superficial qualities like simplicity rather than its rational
>merit. "Intuitive" is just a shorthand for "matching some genetic
>predispostion or early childhood prejudice."

Simplistic, meaning simpler but less accurate or useful than a more
complex explanation.
>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. The only way around that conclusion
>is to deny the primacy of existence over conscousness itself, which
>I won't do--for the moment.

You seem to place a lot of stock in memes retaining their fidelity. Why?
The point is that since memes have arrived on the scene we have become
like rocks with memetic moss growing on us, like apple trees being
farmed and picked by memetic hands. When you say "at our expense," who
is the OUR you are referring to? Memes infect us, drive our behavior,
and cause us to spread them. Every time you use the word "the," you are
benefiting the "the" meme. Do you think "the" cares for our happiness?
>Lee Daniel Crocker <>
>"All inventions or works of authorship original to me, herein and past,
>are placed irrevocably in the public domain, and may be used or
>for any purpose, without permission, attribution, or

Richard Brodie +1.206.688.8600
CEO, Brodie Technology Group, Inc., Bellevue, WA, USA
Do you know what a "meme" is?