RE: virus: Meme, the Underlying Cause

Tadeusz Niwinski (
Sun, 28 Sep 1997 20:15:38 -0700

>Alright. Despite the smileys, I take your response to imply
>you're willing to discuss this. So: why does the information
>that living organisms are preserving seem to you to be
>"more important" than life itself?

The information stored in DNA survives much, much longer than we do. In
fact genes even kill us in order to evolve (aging and death are programmed
in our genes). The selfish gene is now approaching a new opportunity --
computers and the Web. This may appear to be a much better way of
replication of information than living organisms. So we may soon become
obsolete, probably not completely, "they" may still need us the same way as
we need mitochondria or bacteria, so we may co-exist quite nicely. This is
why I think a meme may be called the "underlying cause".

>Or you might like to focus on this more general one: don't
>most serious modern thinkers disparage the sort of
>teleology displayed in your "evolutionary project" concept,
>and the general implication of fate that such writing reeks

You lost me here. Can you explain what you mean?

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