Re: virus: What makes memes compete?

Dave Pape (
Tue, 15 Apr 1997 19:44:55 +0100 (BST)

Wasn't it Tony Hindle <> who said...

>>>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.

If the desired effect was to start with two conflicting memes, and end up
with one of them expressible whilst the other wasn't booting off and getting
arsey, then I think yes some actual positive cognitive strategy would be needed.

But I do think people do this sort of shit all the time... f'rinstance
there's some situations where I feel okay about swearing a lot, and some
where I'd feel guilty just thinking about it... how does this square with
the concepts flying around the thread at the moment?

Dave Pape
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