Re: virus: Memetics: our obligations

Eric Boyd (
Fri, 27 Jun 1997 00:26:50 -0500

Chitren Nursinghdass wrote:

> Each of us on this list has the leisure to participate and share
> our memes only because there's peace in our environment.
> If there was a global war, there wouldn't be time for leisurely
> meme spread.

Why do we need "leisurely meme spread?" Surely sppeding up the process
of memetic evolution would be benifiticial, even if it *only* increased
the memetic variation faster. (there would be other effects too...)

An interesting this to look at it the evolution of things like aviation
in the World Wars. Much speeded up. The governments encouraged the
rapid development, and it happened! This is sort of the same deal as
the Christian "the kingdom of Heaven is at hand" deal. Makes people
realize the /time/ limitations, and so they actually work, instead of
just sitting around.[1]


[1] I'm now reading Nietzsche, so forgive me if I crusade against
"decadence"... I've found that meme exposure, especially in books, is
very influential on my behaviour... I knew this even before I knew about
"memes", but now I know why, too!