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

Sodom (
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 10:42:09 -0400

Paul Prestopnik wrote:

> > Also, i just posted an idea about this thread - It may havee been
> said
> > by someone else, but perhaps a group has a valid meme of it's own.
> Like
> > the neurons of the brain, perhaps people act as neurons in the group
> > mind, and there is a entity that lives and breathes and thinks that
> > exists whenever two or more people get together.
> >
> > Sodom
> Two people sitting around wondering if society exists as a larger
> entity,
> is like two red blood cells sitting around wondering if there is any
> larger
> form of life.
> I read that somewhere. (might have even been _Virus of the Mind_),
> sorry I
> can't remember the source or exact quote.
> -paul prestopnik

Actually, I don't think this is a good analogy on the basis of, blood
cells don't think. I have considered this problem, and am coming to the
conclusion that this possible entity, communicates through the press,
dictionaries ( as Marie trusts), and other yardsticks of culture and
language. i am sure there is the Mob mentality of disorganized groups.
But is the a U.S. of A. entity that acts more rationally than the mob

I know this is way out speculation - So I don't know if I even expect a
serious answer.