virus: A memetic revelation

Richard Brodie (
Tue, 2 Sep 1997 21:17:24 -0700

As they say in The Forum...

Life is empty and meaningless.
And the fact that it's empty and meaningless is empty and meaningless.

Attaching a value to the fact that all our meaning is made up is making the
same mistake as when we don't realize that all our meaning is made up.

That said, life is meaningless only on one level.

The other day I had a revelation. My first?

The revelation was that God exists.

It is perfectly possible, scientifically, for God to exist.

Just as memes exist, though not based in physical reality, they are an
emergent property of the human nervous system.

God is an emergent property of the billions of minds on the planet.

The Spirit is a tangible force that is created, not creator, of the human
mind. This force exists and causes things that no individual or group is
consciously causing, just as the human mind causes things unbeknownst to
the underlying cells of the body.

Complexity theory tells us that the nature of an emergent phenomenon is
unpredictable from and unrelated to the mechanics of its underpinnings.

So the fact that all our memes are empty and meaningless does nothing to
negate the possibility of a meaningful God, an emergent property of memes.

The INSTANT I had that revelation, I felt a tangible shift in my feelings,
my energy. Since that day, now a couple of weeks ago, I have been lovingly
and peacefully accepting and creating.



Richard Brodie
Author, VIRUS OF THE MIND: The New Science of the Meme
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On Tuesday, September 2, 1997 8:41 PM, D.H.Rosdeitcher
[] wrote:
> The memetic/evolutionary paradigm seems to imply that we invent our own
> of life" since we create a memetic construct called 'meaning of life'.
> having a view that we "make up" our own 'meaning of life' lead to a sense
> meaninglessness?
> --David R.