Re: virus: Re:A memetic revelation

D.H.Rosdeitcher (
Fri, 5 Sep 1997 11:20:08 -0400

Eva wrote:

> we should recognize
>that we are a part of a greater entity which we cannot control or
>understand in its entirety (since we can only see and control our own part
>of it directly). If I've phrased this effectively, it ought to be clear
>how it's different from standard forms of monotheism. Let me know.

There's a problem with complex systems theory. I can see how things which
seem meaningless in and of themselves make up a more meaningful pattern.
For instance, when practicing something through repetition, each repetition
means very little compared to the more meaningful pattern stored in the
mind from many thousands of repetitions. But, when you practice something
you can measure the pattern--the rate of improvement, or level of skill.
You can measure the effect of things you can control (each repetition) on
the pattern which emerges. But how do you measure this complex system
which you as an individual are part of--how do you measure your effect on
it, and how it affects you?

--David R.