RE: virus: Genes vs. Memes: The War Heats Up

Grant Callaghan (
Thu, 5 Jun 1997 23:55:41 -0700 (PDT)

On Thu, 5 Jun 1997, John ''!Boolean'' Williams wrote:

> Hmm. That clears things up a bit, but brings up a new question:
> What is the difference between your viewpoint and the rest of ours? Perhaps
> I've missed something? What started this conversation? Because darned if
> this doesn't sound like what *my* position has been (mostly) and Robin's
> position has been (mostly). Anyone? Have I simply been misreading the whole
> argument? And if so, why is there even an argument?
If you go back and read the old messages you will find that Robin has
been been reading a lot more into my messages than I have been saying.
When I say genes cause bad behavior someone reads "genes are bad."
When I say genes are leading us down the wrong path, someone tells
me I said genes are the cause of all our problems. Robin even
accused me of bringing up Judeo-Christian philosophy and saying that
memes are good and genes are evil. I don't think in terms of black
and white. Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so.