RE: virus: Re: Sling Blade

Dan Plante (
Mon, 07 Apr 1997 18:52:55 -0700

At 01:52 PM 4/7/97 -0700, Richard Brodie wrote:
>A fascinating field of inquiry. It is the intersection of memetics with
>evolutionary psychology. I have several chapters on this in Virus of the
>Mind (available from the Memetics Bookstore,

Heh, alright already!

>The short answer is that
>ideas that are intuitively pleasing take advantage of the way our brains
>adapted in prehistoric times to memes that supported replication of
>their hosts's DNA. Unfortunately, in modern society this results in many
>pathological behaviors and tendencies such as overvaluing longshots,
>being overafraid of perceived dangers, and preferring simplistic
>explanations such as astrology to complicated but more accurate or
>useful ones.

Abso-friggin-lutely. :-]