Re: virus: Faith, Logic and Purpose

David McFadzean (
Mon, 10 Nov 1997 10:47:14 -0700

At 09:09 AM 11/10/97 -0800, Tim Rhodes wrote:

>On Sat, 8 Nov 1997, David McFadzean wrote:
>> I'd like to clarify something before this degenerates further. My claim
>> is that if someone makes the effort to explicitly define their terms, then
>> it is rude for the reader to deliberately misinterpret those same terms.
>You're right, of course. So why is the world filled with so many rude

People are always prone to rudeness when their favourite beliefs are called
into question, when their most cherished memes are attacked. I've noticed
that I am no exception to this rule. And what is "favourite" and "cherished"
in this context? The memes that are most deeply entrenched, that have somehow
managed to link themselves with <goodness>, <necessary>, <sacred>, etc.
The rudeness is literally a defense mechanism.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus