Re: virus: Original meme.

Josh Logan (
Fri, 18 Jul 1997 02:09:42 -0500

John ''I Take Large Steps'' Williams wrote:
> At 12:44 AM 7/17/97 -0500, you wrote:
> >Having defeated the group by the fact that we had worked so hard to find
> >evidence, we were left not knowing what was true at all. The question I
> >have is what the primary motivational force to what people do. More
> >exactly, I mean the original force that created the original memes.
> I propose: the desire to alleviate boredom.
> "Damn, now that we've discovered how to preserve meat, we don't have to
> hunt as much. What'll we do now? <fiddles with sticks> Hey! This is fun!
> <fiddles some more> oooh. That looks like a mammoth...."
> (I'm only about 12.5% joking on this one...)

Reading that, I ask myself where the line is drawn between the territory
of memes and the territory of instinct. Is a lion's urge to hunt a meme
instilled by it's pack from when it was young, or is it just instinct?
Any help?