RE: virus: Church of Virus/Memetics/Faith

David McFadzean (
Wed, 28 May 1997 11:37:02 -0600

At 11:22 AM 28/05/97 +0100, Robin Faichney wrote:

>Do you judge the instinct as ir/rational before or after
>acting on it?

The rationality of instincts can only be judged from within
the context of a host of assumptions about the values of the
animal in question and the nature of the world. For instance,
a deer will freeze when caught in the headlights of a car
on a highway at night. Rational or irrational? I would say
irrational because I don't think it is the intent of the deer
to commit suicide in this manner. But you can imagine that I had
to make a enough assumptions in that anaylsis to fill a book.
And to answer your question, it doesn't matter whether the
judgement is before or after because it applies equally to past
events and future roadkills.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Kumo Software Corp.