RE: virus: Book review

Grant Callaghan (
Fri, 6 Jun 1997 15:29:36 -0700 (PDT)

On Fri, 6 Jun 1997, Richard Brodie wrote:

> Well, I read the article, but I didn't see anything about memetics. What
> are you talking about?

Did you read part II as well as Part I. Part II just came out this week
and contains most of the memetics stuff.
> My reaction to the review: Gould is a crushed man fighting for his
> reputation. The critique is without substance and resorts to ad-hominem
> attacks and arguments from authority.

Almost all academics try to speak from authority. But I expect that
if memetics is going to become a science it will have to be accepted by
the scientists. I never met an academic who didn't believe religiously
in what he through was "the Truth." You no doubt have similar feelings
about the Truth of your church.