Re: virus: Re: Memes and Jello

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Thu, 1 May 1997 16:06:16 -0700 (PDT)

On Thu, 1 May 1997, Hakeeb A. Nandalal wrote:

> 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).
> Comments?

Carl Jung wrote, somewhere,
"How do I know that the next thing I see will be blue?

Because I am wearing blue spectacles."