Re: virus: Autocatalytic Idea System Examples

Dave Pape (
Sun, 1 Jun 1997 19:45:55 +0100 (BST)

At 12:15 30/05/97 -0700, Tim Rhodes wrote:
>On Thu, 29 May 1997, Chitren Nursinghdass wrote:
>> I think the real stagnation arises when one doesn't try to justify or think
>> about
>> a newly transmitted meme. Like say "I hope I'll find my soulmate", without
>> even trying to see whether asking such a question is jutified in the first
>> place:
>> "is there such a thing as a soulmate.".
>I disagree. Just the opposite, I think. Stagnation arises more often
>/from/ trying to justify or overly analize new memes.

Aha! Over-stressing either of the strategies can cause sub-optimal
processing! I AM Hegelian-synthesis-man. Tim's stagnation is what I
described as never reaching a decision... maybe... maybe Tim disagrees...
sorry Tim, I'm just a wanker, ignore me, I'm hateful, I know. Sorry.

>Maybe it was just a flaw in your example, but I think the root of
>stagnation lies more in rigorously checking new memes against existing
>ones than in not thinking about them. It's a question of theory vs.
>practice, I think.

Dave Pape
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