virus: Re: Memes and Jello

Hakeeb A. Nandalal (
Thu, 01 May 1997 07:29:44 +0000

David de Void wrote :-

> So how do we choose which memes to select from the bunch when
> presented with something new? I think the answer is we pick
> the ones that best fit into the environment, that best fit
> with what we already know and feel.
> So I'll talk about environments in the next meme post.
> Comments?

Here's an anology I've been thinking about for a while :-

Picture, if you will, three-dimensional globs of differently
coloured jello floating in 3-D space.

Now imagine what the world would look like as we
view it from within each glob of jello. If we were in a blue
glob, that would "colour" our view so that everything out there
is seen through a blue "filter". The person next to you may
reside in a green glob of jello and all he sees is the world
through a green "filter".

The jello globs are our memes. We are always - without exception -
viewing the world from within one regardless of how "objective"
we see ourselves. One of the most memorable things I ever read
on the Virus list was from Richard Brodie who said : "To the
Level-3 mind, no meme is true". The jello hypothesis proves
that his statement is true (of course that's a Level-2
conclusion because at Level-3 it would be a contradiction).


Hakeeb A. Nandalal