RE: virus: Faith, Logic and Purpose

Robin Faichney (
Sat, 22 Nov 1997 09:06:32 -0000

> From: David McFadzean[]
> At 08:37 AM 11/21/97 -0000, Robin Faichney wrote:
> >Didn't Dawkins rubbish group selection in The Selfish Gene?
> Yes, but he was talking about genes, not memes. Howard Bloom has
> resurrected group selection in "The Lucifer Principle" with memes
> as the replicators in question. Think about it: cui bono (who
> stands to gain) when soldiers die in war? Certainly not the soldiers.
Hmm, I guess I should read that. But if we're
talking about memes, then we're not talking
about "going against human nature", are we?
(Which was, if I recall, the original implication.)