Re: virus: Original Thoughts

Tim Rhodes (
Tue, 24 Jun 1997 22:37:58 -0700 (PDT)

On Mon, 24 Jun 1996, Eric Boyd wrote:

> [clip] ...there is an easier way to prove Orginal Thoughts: My point is
> that /sometime/ back there, there /had/ to be orginal memes. Simply
> because, at some point, humans /did not/ exist. And thus their meme's
> did not exist. Since they exist now, the only logical conclusion is
> that they were formed from nothing, thus Orginal Thoughts. What say
> you?

I say, no way.

Try this on for size: /Sometime/ back there there were no humans, now
there are humans. Where did they come from? There must have been a
couple Original Humans. Adam and Eve. Who made `em? Therefore since
there are humans now and there weren't in the past, God must exists.

I'd say, historic linguistic memes came from pre-historic linguistic memes,
that came from partially or entirely non-linguistic memes, which came from
observed behaviors, which came from reflex responses, which came from
early neural networks, which came from... (See how far this is going to
have to go before you reach /original/?)

If you want, the Big Bang was the first and only Original Thought. ("Let
there be light! And there was.")

-Prof. Tim