Re: virus: Book review

Grant Callaghan (
Fri, 6 Jun 1997 07:05:47 -0700 (PDT)

On Fri, 6 Jun 1997, Chitren Nursinghdass wrote:
> If need be, we'll try to quantify memes then, anybody wants to do
> that ?

If we don't find ways to divide up a uiverse so large as that of memes
how will we be able to study it? I doubt that we can teach memetics
effectively with koans.
> How do you appease a scientist ? Show him equations, make
> predictions, observe, etc... Be a good scientist.
> Have an open mind.
> They must therefore be viewing it all as pseudo-science or proto-science.
> Given time, memes will have their science.
> Somebody has to quantify it all.
> Or else most scientists (the number-crunching kind) will not
> believe a word they hear (limited memeset).
> It is all linked don't you think ?
> Maybe we should go META once more and try to quantify the variation
> from one replicator level to another ?
> >From genes to phenes (phenotypes) to memes. All linked with time and space ?
> Anybody in for that challenge ?
I'm working on it in my mind, but I haven't been able to grasp it yet.
It's too big a subject to swallow in one gulp.
(Mixed metaphors are more serendipitous.)