Re: virus: Re: The saga continues!

Tadeusz Niwinski (
Sun, 14 Sep 1997 17:29:57 -0700

David R. wrote:
>you should be
>able to poll the thousands of readers on say, alt.philosophy.objectivism,
>alt.some christian group, alt.scientology, etc. and see if some meme sets
>induce certain behaviors.

I know. What I am asking here is to suggest how to measure the two
variables we are trying to correlate: (1) success and (2)

> If Objectivism helped people become great capitalists, since capitalism
>is the "Unknown Ideal", a statistically higher percentage of people who
>build big companies would be Objectivists, and have the clout to spread
>Objectivism, since they'd probably dominate the media. But I don't think
>that's the case, because I think the Objectivist meme set has a
>dysfunctional quality about it which leads people to think about capitalism
>as an abstraction. It's like the notion of "existence"--it's just mind

To clarify my question: David, am I an Objectivist?

>Questions: Do people with the meme "existence exists" in their heads, have
>advantages (ie. financial,social) over people without that meme in their

I meant questions to ask our subjects, not ourselves.

>I agree. We should find out the benefits of having "undefined non-givens"
>like "self-esteem" and "existence" in our minds.

When it comes to specifics it seems to be much easier to quote who said
what. Can we first agree on the variables we are going to compare?

Regards, Tadeusz (Tad) Niwinski from planet TeTa (604) 985-4159