RE: virus: Fwd: The Laws of Cargo Cult Science

David McFadzean (
Mon, 20 Oct 1997 17:22:00 -0600

At 03:30 PM 10/20/97 -0700, Richard Brodie wrote:
>On Monday, October 20, 1997 8:47 AM, Marie Foster [] wrote:
>> I have
>> wondered about the reason why people have picked a virus analogy to help
>> explain the phenomena.
>I picked it because it was scary; i.e., had good memes.

Me too, and this was before I had heard of Richard's book or Dawkin's
essay (but after I had read Virus23, the first ever meme 'zine as
far as I know). As I state on the CoV web page:

"The word "virus" has negative connotations for many people
so it may seem odd to name a religion after it. The name was
chosen to be deliberately antagonistic, to put people on their
guard and let them know this idea was *designed to infect them*.
Call it truth in advertising."

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus