Re: virus: Logic

Nathaniel Hall (
Tue, 07 Oct 1997 20:28:50 -0600

chardin wrote:

> I'm missing something. If the term "virus" doesn't have a value
> associated with it (as Dawkin's term obviously does) doesn't it
> become somewhat redundant? Why not just use the term "idea". "Idea"
> doesn't hold a value, i.e., one can have good or bad ideas and ideas
> are things which can be spread to others for their adoption or
> rejection. One can adopt or reject an idea for whatever reason, using "logic"
> or reasoning or emotion. Is a "virus" in your sense of the word
> different?

It is somewhat different. It incorporates the concept of an idea that is contagious rather than one
that goes in one ear and out the other. I do assign a value to a particular "meme" . Hopefully it
matchs up with it's actual value.

The Nateman