virus: Delusions

Richard Brodie (
Fri, 10 Oct 1997 12:16:36 -0700

On Friday, October 10, 1997 10:45 AM, David McFadzean [] wrote:
> Even if this is true, that doesn't mean all possible maps are equally valid.
> What if there are an infinity of wrong maps for every accurate map?

I don't think anyone would disagree, but I don't see the relevance.

> > Second, the
> >memetic programming that equips you for maximum
> >enjoyment/fulfillment/success (by your own definition) in life in not 100%
> >aligned with the Truth (if there were such a thing). We have discussed both
> >of these problems at length on this list, but they are eternally slippery
> >for the human (Level-2) mind to grasp.
> Therefore only people who are deluded can maximize their
> enjoyment/fulfillment/success. I realize "deluded" has bad
> connotations here, but it is an accurate paraphrase of your claim.

We are all deluded all the time. Success comes from picking a set of delusions that points you in the direction you want to go.

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