Re: virus: Why not ramble

Brett Lane Robertson (
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 23:11:39 -0500

At 11:23 PM 10/21/97 -0400, you wrote:
>>I think that "suggestiveness" might be
>>correlated to engineered memetic "suggestions" (that one could write a
>>guided fantasy which has the characteristics deemed memetically sound and
>>test this against a control fantasy...something like this).
>Ah- back to the <streaking> experiment... (For which we really do need to
>get someone to < streak>.) (Wade)


OK, so I'm pissed! Is that what Wade's after...piss someone off till they
come up with something. I already said that the meme is a process. That it
is a basic process that works at all levels. That all you need to do is
find a "level" that someone else hasn't claimed (cellular, sub-genetic,
neuron, whatever). Manipulate the area of a change in
behavior. That's as basic as it gets. All memetics says anyway is that you
can change a <thing> and change behavior, no?

My last post said invent something and call it a meme...infect a host with the behavior "memetic" behavior. Not basic enough for Wade.

Wade want's a "control" group that has no memes AND a control group that has
memes so he can say that the one is obviously different from the other and
blame it on the meme. First, Wade, define a meme in such a way as to show
that it occurs on some levels and not others!

So, if Wade has an idea that says there is a "no meme" group...fine.
Produce it!


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