Re: virus: Re: Memes and Jello

David McFadzean (
Mon, 19 May 1997 09:20:27 -0600

> From: Mark Hornberger <>
> Date: Monday, May 19, 1997 1:27 AM

> I start new threads. Is there anything I dislike about the list? Not
> really, though I think memetics are taken a bit too seriously by some. Not
> that memetics isn't a good tool, but it is just that (IMHO). Sometimes I

I think everyone here realizes that memetics as a worldview is a tool,
but there is nothing "just" about it. Is the computer "just" a tool? Is the
internet "just" a new form of media? Are humans "just" another animal?
You seem to be implying that there is nothing important or special about it.

> picture a would-be carpenter singing an ode to his hammer, while the other
> carpenters are wondering when he's going to build the house.

I don't see much ode-singing going on, just a lot of discussion trying to
figure out what memetics is and how it can be used. And as for building
the house, what makes you think we're not?

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus