RE: virus: Re:[Fwd: Re: memes at the meme site]

Richard Brodie (
Sat, 13 Sep 1997 00:18:10 -0700

On Friday, September 12, 1997 6:51 PM, Nathaniel Hall
[] wrote:
> If something is by is very nature undetectable by any means then of
> course it's useless.

First, let me say that I like you and consider it a privilege to have
friends and acquaintances who are so thoughtful and full of integrity. That
being said, you are understandably infatuated with your first
self-consistent worldview that seems to explain everything. In my
experience, regardless of what words of wisdom I contribute to you, your
infatuation, like infatuation with a pretty girl, will last from two to 18

When you discover that you are ready to grow to the next level, consider
that all the axioms, measurements, truths, and laws that you now believe
are good approximations that focus one particular pair of binoculars on
this thing we call reality. You may be surprised to discover that other
views produce equally interesting experiences. You are not wrong by any
means, yet there are other rights.

Science has already discovered some things which
> border on the undetectable. Consider the neutrino. If I had a layer of
> lead a light year thick it can still pass through all that as if
> nothing was there. Yet we have discovered it all the same. For
> something "limited" with "blind spots" don't you think its pretty
> amazing what science has already discovered?

I actually am more of a fan of engineers than scientists. More has been
accomplished with the kluge than can ever hope to be created by pure,
beautiful theory.

Richard Brodie
Author, VIRUS OF THE MIND: The New Science of the Meme
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