Re: virus: How did we get here? (from: Un-natural De-selection)

Tim Rhodes (
Sat, 16 Aug 1997 11:40:17 -0700 (PDT)

On Fri, 15 Aug 1997, Brett Lane Robertson wrote:

> I enjoy what transpires on this list.
> It has attracted a group of people who excell in philosophical thought and
> seem well suited to each other. I am still wondering if this "church" thing
> is some kind of joke, or something?!?

I took my parents out to dinner last night. In the course of conversation
I started talking about Church of Virus. My father is a deacon in an
Evangelical church so I was treading lightly into these waters for the
first time. I explained memetics and the origin of CoV (as described by
David McF) and tossed off,
"But it's really just a place where a bunch of people with similar
interests can get together and talk about them."
"Well, isn't that what every church is?" he prodded.
"Well, yes I guess so."
"That and a support network. The /good/ ones are also there to help
and support their members when they're in need." Deacon Rhodes added.

Maybe we can learn a thing or two from the established churches after all.

-Prof. Tim