virus: Aristotle was a Memetician and Plato a Quantum Physicist.

Reed Konsler (
Mon, 16 Jun 1997 08:34:38 -0400 (EDT)

Date: Fri, 13 Jun 1997 13:06:52 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tim Rhodes <>

One of my responsiblities as a Memetic Vector is to condense and
redistribute the data I gather from eclectic travels so others don't have
to. I would never ask everyone to go and read/hear/dance to/talk
with/visit all the people and places I have just to understand something I
say. Time is a very limited resource (for instance, I get about 1 hour a
day to play on the computer, that's it. CoV alone can take up most of
that time). As a vector it is important to package ideas in a manner that
is accessible to others. By giving background and defining terms I can
increase the odds that my insights get communicated. This is the theory
at least.

Wow. I just wanted to resubmit this in order to make everyone read it
again. I really think Tim has hit something here. As opposed to saying
"why don't you understand what I'm thinking? What are you, stupid?
(irrational, faithless, immoral, inattentive, etc ad nauseum)" he thinks
"How can I make the ideas I value more accesible, how can I teach
people?" That kind of internal resposibility is, I think, one of the
richest fruits of a memetic perspective. I wonder if Tim would
like to expand on it? I'm certianly "listening".


Reed Konsler