virus: Re: Buddhism

D.H.Rosdeitcher (
Sun, 19 Oct 1997 02:19:20 -0400

Eric wrote:
><Buddhism> is an excellent example of a fit meme complex. Specific
>traits such as faith and evangelism, tradition, authority, community,
>and variation have greatly aided in it's self replication; while state
>support and actual good ideas have played a major additional role in
>spreading Buddhist ideas.

Eric--I liked your memetic analysis of Buddhism. One thing you might add to
your essay is a demonstration of how Buddhism is a selfish meme--a meme
that benefits itself at the expense of its hosts, if you think that's the
case. For instance, is Buddhism detrimental to Buddhists? Also, I see the
concept of State support as memetic as the others, since it's based on
pro-government memes. --David R.