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on 2/15/02 7:19 PM, memetics-digest at email@example.com wrote:
> If this clash of cultures heats up much more you can kiss civil liberties
> goodbye everywhere. We're reaching a point where we either watch everybody
> or we let the wild and crazy people destroy us, one tower at a time.
Ithought we were nearly at the point where we can tag everyone. Hasn't
Eschelon been operating for a few years. Over here in the UK the cops are
experimenting with face recognition systems etc.
> To my
> mind this is just part of the legacy of genetic evolution. When the habitat
> gets too crowded (and that's a decision made by nature, not man) the animals
> start doing crazy and self-destructive things. They turn against each other
> and the four horsemen start stalking the land. You'd better get ready for
> interesting times.
I wasn't aware that we needed a special reason to act that way.
> It will be an interesting spectacle to see if memes can overcome genes in
> the battle to see which is going to rule the earth. The genes have emotions
> on their side and the memes have logic. Want to take any bets on which is
> going to win? I feel like walking around with a plackard saying: THE END OF
> SOMETHING IS NEAR! The trouble is, besides civil liberties, I'm not sure
> what is ending yet.
> If I sound like a nut case, just ignore me. I've been dwelling on the
> meme/gene wars for a long time now and I know how crazy it sounds to most
> other people. Since there's nothing I can do about it, I just sit back and
> watch the march of history prove me right or wrong. But I DO find it
> interesting. (Heh, heh, heh.)
the gene/meme conflict is at the heart of this list surely, and it is
interesting. There was a tv programme that i caught the trailer to the other
day which made the claim that Steve Jones thought that evolution has come to
an end. If the attributin is correct, i don't see how that can be. With
technology progressing as it is, we may be able to select genes. It will
move evolution into a different phase. It might also mean that genes become
even more meme driven
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