Re: virus: What is man?

David McFadzean (
Mon, 30 Jun 1997 20:48:24 -0600

> From: Eric Boyd <>
> Date: Monday, June 30, 1997 2:49 PM
> I posted it mainly becuase I think the Riddle contains at least a
> superficial answer to Richard's question about the "Heart" and "Spirit".

I think it was my question, but thanks anyway.

> Is he not a heart, that from anguish doth he glean understanding?
> Emotional suffering leads us to a better understanding of *ourselves* as
> well as those around us.

It appears that "heart" may refer to that part of consciousness
governed mainly by emotion. The would make sense in the oft-cited
war between head and heart, intellect and emotion (though, as I've
mentioned before, it is a false dichotomy to a large extent).

> And is he not yet more than this, that from emptyness doth he
> harvest creation?
> The spirit! It is the "part" of us that /gives meaning to our lives/.

How about this: what aspect of one's identity has the possibility
of surviving physical death? The memeset of course. Is it possible
that spiritualists have been talking about memesets all along
(applying the recently described Discipline of Translation)?
Possible, yes, but once you get past the superficial similarities
(e.g. memes and spirits are both controlling agents that
mysteriously "live" in a non-physical world) you run into all kinds
of inconsistencies. But perhaps I haven't tried hard enough to
map their (the mystics) memespace to my own and vice versa.
David McFadzean
Memetic Engineer
Church of Virus