Re: virus: An end in and of themselves

Tim Rhodes (
Wed, 15 Oct 1997 09:58:40 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 14 Oct 1997, Haphaestus wrote:

> What is more damaging to successful memetic engineering: logical
> inconsistency or sociotypical inconsistency (memetic complexes producing
> sociotypes different from what they intend to produce)? Why?

Wow! Right to the meat of the matter!

My vote, not surprisingly, is that sociotypical inconsistency is the more
detrimental. If your goal is to produce effective memes and all your
facts are right, but the effect the memes have is not what you intended,
well... you wouldn't be much of an engineer would you?

BTW, just as an aside: The Alien Meme Evolution rant (I know many of you
simply ignored it because it talked about <Aliens>. That's okay)
contained many historical inaccuracies that any Alien nut would be able to
point out immediately. But in practice, when I gave the rant before an
audience, there were no protests that the facts where wrong. Only shouts
of "Right on!" and "Tell it like it is, Brother!"

People are such curious animals, don't you think?

-Prof. Tim