virus: The Nametag Affair

Richard Brodie (
Mon, 13 Oct 1997 16:33:28 -0700

On Monday, October 13, 1997 3:20 AM, Tadeusz Niwinski []
> >I never changed your name. Don't accuse people unless you are sure of
> >facts!
> I found four messages from Richard where he or his computer have changed
> "Nateman" to "Nametag". I am really interested what Richard has to say
> about it.

We are both right. I never change his name, and I or my computer did change
"Nateman" to "Nametag." Have you figured out the puzzle yet?

(SPOILER: scroll down for answer)

ANSWER: I have a program running on my computer that checks for patterns
matching objective reality. The program detected that the word "Nateman"
did not match objective reality, and hence it selected the closest
objective word and replaced it with that. That word happened to be
"Nametag." Now shame on Tad for accusing me and shame on Nate for using
lawyer-like dishonesty in his signature!

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