Re: virus: The other

Tim Rhodes (
Fri, 14 Nov 1997 12:43:24 -0800 (PST)

On Tue, 11 Nov 1997, Marie L. Foster wrote:
(TAD Warning: I have taken quotes out of order here)
> Again, I ask the question not to suggest that I would allow a threat to
> myself, but to stimulate thinking into how we can engineer possible changes
> to the memes that lead to violent behaviors. Is it best to try to heal at
> the foundation of the belief or from the surface results?

I would say to work from the foundation it you want long term results. As
a friend and I always say, "If you want to shape the world the real power
is in Saturday morning cartoons!"

But the memes at the root are quite subtle, as such:

> While I know that is not realistic in our current world with its
> violence I still believe in the inherent goodness of people.

There are two meme/meme-complexes in that sentence. I suspect that the
former one is widely held much to the detriment of the latter.

-Prof. Tim