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

Brett Lane Robertson (
Tue, 28 Oct 1997 11:34:26 -0500

Or are
you like Brett and others, attempting to discern, through some obscure
and even arcane mathematica, these patterns you seem to see? (Wade)


I would guess that Euclid or Pythagoras used "obscure" mathematica to "see"
the relationships within geometric forms BEFORE the exact numerical values
and formula were *later* worked out which confirmed their intuitions. Who
was the king that dropped his crown into a tub of water and watched the
water displace formulating some arcane reason that a crown has what was
later to be scientifically known as "mass"? And what branch of science did
Newton's apple fit into in the time before gravity? "Obscure" could easily
mean not well established...and the entire study of memetics would fit
within this classification (and then are we going to use other than memetics
to study "meme"?).

Thanks, Wade, for the plug...but are YOU now going to use dentistry to study
memetics? (As a memeticist, he makes a pretty good dentist!)


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