RE: virus: MS Weapon

Robin Faichney (
Tue, 14 Oct 1997 04:05:55 +0100

> From: Brett Lane Robertson[]
> Though I don't like the way you express it, I think you have
> a valuable point here. Memes are certainly patterns within
> behavioural streams of information. And I like "the most
> simple form of a predictable behaviour", though I think
> "repeating" might be just slightly better than "predictable".
> I also think "through more complex expressions of itself"
> is redundant -- all expressions of a meme will be more
> complex than the meme itself.
> Anyway, though I still have a certain antipathy to your
> style, the anti-Brett filter is now junked.
> Robin
> I chose the word predictable instead of repeating because I do not see
> *behavior* repeating.
All right, I see what you are saying: behaviour is the
lowest level, the raw stuff, while anything above that
level is a meme. That's one way of looking at it,
which I'd need to think about. Perhaps the
requirement that memes be replicable will mean
there's an intermediate level of analysis.

As for the rest of what you wrote here, I'm sorry, I
don't have time to deal with it.