Re: virus: Re: Sling Blade

Dan Plante (
Wed, 09 Apr 1997 17:58:55 -0700

At 11:57 AM 4/8/97 +0100, Tony Hindle wrote:
>In message <>, Dan Plante
><> writes
>>At 01:52 PM 4/7/97 -0700, Richard Brodie wrote:
>Lee wrote:
>>And "rational ideas", i.e., those that more closely
>>represent objective reality than their alleles, have a higher copying
>>fidelity than irrational ones, because reality itself can be used for
>Richard Brodie 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.

Dan Plante wrote:

And if you step back and look at the big picture first, you may subsequently
find yourself asking "Why did these intuitively pleasing ideas come to be
better at propagating?"

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,

> What is a fascinating field of inquiry? Could someone help me I
>just cant find what this was connected to. Come to think of it I dont
>recall receiving any postings from Richard for ages, I have been reading
>everything and I havent been memory-loss drunk recently either. Could it
>be that I was abducted by aliens?
>Tony Hindle.

Sorry Tony. The "fascinating field of inquiry" Richard refered to was "the
intersection of memetics with evolutionary psychology". I anticipated that
the association would speak for itself, but in retrospect, my liberal
clipping may have obscured the semantics somewhat. I've added the clipped
remarks back into the post above to put Richard's comments in context.
As for the apparently missing posts, I've noticed the same thing. Anybody
else having trouble with this?