Re: virus: The One or the Many? (was: META)

Sodom (
Sat, 18 Oct 1997 13:57:57 -0400

Tim Rhodes wrote:
> On Thu, 16 Oct 1997, Wade T.Smith wrote:
> > 1. Streaking _matters_? Or are you saying that studying the
> > inconsequential is OK?
> You are an idiot, Wade. And I mean that personally. Yes, in behavioral
> sciences the "inconsequential" does matter. It is a pattern and we should
> be looking for patterns.
> Does the actions of one puny photon matter? What could be more
> inconsequential!
> > 2. A fad is not a meme.
> You amaze me with your idiocy, Wade! Ever read _The Selfish Gene_? What
> does Dawkins site as memes? Fasions and Fads.
> You must be goading me here. Either that or you incured sever brain trama
> in the last few days. If the latter is true, my apologies.
> Get well soon.
> -Prof. Tim

Perhaps a fad is a "social group" meme. A meme of an order different
than that of the individual/original. Perhaps it's part of the "needing
to belong" emotion/meme. I did not read _The Selfish Gene_ but
understnad (i think) the principle, and I think it has been somewhat
confirmed. Genes are quite complex little buggers, and though we have
mapped a few completely, we are only about 15% done on the human gennome

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