Re: virus: What makes memes compete?

Robin Faichney (
Fri, 11 Apr 1997 09:34:00 +0100

Lee Daniel Crocker:

>The answer to your question of "can a mind carry competing memes" is
>yes, of course. Memes don't compete--their /expressions/ in the
>real world compete...

Umm, that's not entirely true. Ever heard of "cognitive dissonance"?
It has been shown experimentally that, though conflicting ideas can
be held simultaneously, there will tend to be some intereference
between them, apparently at the unconscious level. If you're
interested, look it up in the index of any introductory psychology

Robin Faichney