Re: virus: What makes memes compete?

Tim Rhodes (
Tue, 15 Apr 1997 10:50:46 -0700 (PDT)

On Mon, 14 Apr 1997, Tony Hindle wrote:

> >>I believe it ought to be possible to reprogram ones brain to hold
> >>two contradictory beliefs without cognitive dissonace by mentally separating
> >>their domains of influence.
> >
> >Well yeh, by only exercising one belief in one group of situations, and
> >flexing the other in another group of situations.
> I reckon that in order to not have cognitive dissonance one
> would need to create a new meme which "explains to oneself" why it was
> ok to hold two contradictory beliefs (e.g, "anything for a quiet life").
> This new meme would mean that one wasnt really holding two contradictory
> beliefs anymore.

Would this meme be analogous to the religious/spiritual concept of "seeing
past the duality" then?

-Prof. Tim