Re: virus: Will the real meme please stand up.

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Fri, 8 Aug 1997 16:09:01 -0700 (PDT)

On Fri, 8 Aug 1997, Brett Lane Robertson wrote:

> would like to believe that memetics promises that every untruth has an equal
> chance of surviving if it is wrapped in a pretty enough package (and I can't
> condone that line of reasoning).

I don't think anyone has argued that memetics gives all ideas equal
chances; that would be silly. The point is that understanding some of the
principles of memetic success allows us to encourage or discourage the
survival of a given idea. Not that they all start out, or end up, with
the same probability of success.