Re: virus: Re: Social Metaphysics

Marie Foster (
Fri, 03 Oct 1997 13:11:24 -0700

Eva-Lise Carlstrom wrote:
> On Fri, 3 Oct 1997, Wade T.Smith wrote:
> > >> >The reason I think it would be a good research item is that this is a
> > >> >very inconsequential act. But because of its nature the media has been
> > >> >instrumental in disseminating it. It is the association of the behavior
> > >> >to the word that describes it that is interesting to me.
> > >> >
> > >> >I know that this is vague. One must keep some secrets.
> >
> > Sorry, Marie, but science does not keep secrets. Shamanism does, though.
> > You objection to discussing this is rejected.
> Science keeps secrets while it's trying to run blind studies. It would be
> interesting to see Marie write something up on the phenomenon she's
> watching, if she's observed anything informative so far. If she's not
> ready to do that yet, and doesn't want collaborators, then probably we
> shouldn't be hearing hints about it either.
> Eva

There is irony in everything. Actually, my stupid post was not about
being coy as much as not wanting to appear stupid... Too bad it did not

Actually, it seems to me that collaboration would be the only way to
study any memetic phenomenon. I just do not know the scope of this

I know that Richard Brody is following the spread of the term meme. I
wonder where he is with that?