virus: Re: virus-digest V2 #233

Reed Konsler (
Wed, 3 Sep 1997 14:22:53 -0400 (EDT)

>Date: Wed, 03 Sep 1997 00:58:07 -0400
>From: "tom.holz" <>
>Subject: Re: virus: Hello?

>My idea was this: <do not take the Lord's name in vain> is a very powerful
>defensive meme for <Christianity>. First, it tries to ensure that
>Christians will not replicate sterile, results-oriented, memetic mimicry.
>Second, it is a meme relatively unique to <Christianity>, so it's
>presence/absence can be used to decide if other people share the
>Christian's memeset (and are thus worth investing energy in or avoiding,
>ala genetic relateness).

This is a cut from an old post "A Memetic Analysis of the Lord's Prayer"
I submitted previously:

hallowed be <thy> name.

Sound's like the commandment, no? A distinction
meme <"God"> acting in concert with <God>?
Also a memetic defense against indirect attack
through ironic usage.

I agree with your analysis of the purpose of the commandment.


Reed Konsler