RE: virus:Logic

Richard Brodie (
Sat, 18 Oct 1997 09:31:55 -0700

On Friday, October 17, 1997 10:21 AM, David McFadzean
[] wrote:
> At 09:49 AM 10/17/97 -0700, Richard Brodie wrote:
> >I'm not sure that's right. You are filtering their mail through your own
> >glasses. You try very hard to make people play on your field rather than
> >extending yourself to play on theirs. SO naturally, the messages you
> >seem to be hideously flawed scientific/rational messages. What if they
> >movements of a symphony?
> What could I possibly tell you so that you believe what I say?
> (My guess is nothing.)

Out, out, damned memes! Stop them from employing you to spread them to me!

> >> What makes you think I am not past OK?
> >
> >Hey, I never said that! I'm responding to what I hear as a request for
> >learning.
> You said "yet you're not happy". I thought you mean what you say
> (or maybe you didn't mean it when you said that :-).

You said Christians were deliriously happy. I took that to mean that you're
not. Perhaps you have a certain comfort zone around how happy you think you
deserve to be.

> I think there is a category of beliefs
> where what you believe will not affect the truth of the belief in any
> way, and in those cases you are better off not deluding yourself,
> even at the cost of some happiness.

But what if there is yet another point of view that gives you more
happiness but no more delusion?

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