RE: virus: Free thought and control

David McFadzean (
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 10:25:34 -0600

At 08:26 PM 10/18/97 +0100, Robin Faichney wrote:

>And, hey, Eric, just realised, let me know if you want to
>see this, for your project. But it's hard copy, that I'd
>have to send airmail. It's by a psychologist, Dr Susan

Susan Blackmore just published a must-read article on memetics
in Skeptic (vol5, no2) called "The Power of the Meme Meme".

Some teaser quotes:
"Without the theory of evolution by memetic selection nothing
in the world of mind makes sense."
"I shall take on a meme's-eye view of the world and use this
to answer five previously unanswered questions about human
nature. Why can't we stop thinking? Why do we talk so much?
Why are we so nice to each other? Why are our brains so big?
And finally, what is a self?"

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus