RE: Words and memes: criteria for acceptance of new belief or meme

From: Francesca S. Alcorn (
Date: Sat Feb 16 2002 - 23:15:08 GMT

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    Keith said:

    >I would argue that memes *can* destroy or bypass judgment-making
    >mechanisms. They do this by inducing behavior such as the "love
    >bombing" and isolation as done by the Moonies. ". . . Molko v.Holy
    >Spirit Association (1988) 46 Cal.3d 1092, in which the California
    >Supreme Court held that the First Amendment did not bar civil causes
    >of action for fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress
    >and restitution when a cult used deception to cause an unsuspecting
    >individual to expose himself to brainwashing techniques and suffered
    >damage as a result."

    "Faith" bypasses judgment-making mechanisms. And "Submission to
    God's Will" as well (be it Muslim or Christian). In an area where
    many people believe in taking the bible literally, there is
    considerable hostility to reason/science/evolution.


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