Re: virus: Original Thoughts

Eric Boyd (
Tue, 24 Jun 1997 19:26:13 -0500

Hello again;

Been thinking some more about Orginal Thoughts, and have come up with a
<quasi> new idea.

Emergent properties.

Both John and Tim have said things about new combinations of old ideas,
and I think this is basically what it comes down to. In the process of
adding meme's together, they /become more than the sum of thier parts/.

<A>+<B> = <A>+<B>+<interaction of <A> and <B>> = <C>.

In the same way that consciousness is an Emergent property of a bunch of
neurons, I think that novility is an emergent property of meme
combination. Whether or not such a combination of meme's really counts
as an "Orginal Idea" or not depends more on your definition of "Orginal"
than anything else. Everyone happy?


and it took me a year and 5 mins to write that one!