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>At 07:43 AM 5/02/02 -0500, you wrote:
>>Hi Jeremy Bradley -
>>>Good point Wade and according to the Thomas Gospel (Ch. 97 I think) Jesus
>>>reputedly said "Drink from my mouth (wisdom) and you will become me and I
>>>will become you"
>>This was the source of the 'water religion' of Heinlein's Stranger in a
>>Why, when all is said and done, are we doing memes?
>Well I can only answer for me(me). During a study of how it was possible
>for civilisations to deny each other, I stumbled into the meme concept. It
>appeared that cultures - meme teams, especially the one-god-mob, had strong
>defences against any other spiritual realities. Meme theory is such a
>powerful tool for explaining these cultural divisions that I became hooked.
>That's my story Wade. What's yours?
I am reading Frans DeWaal's "Good Natured" and he sez that it is
necessary for us to decide who we can trust to be a partner in an act
of reciprocal altruism, and who you can't. "Us" and "Them" is a way
of determining who we are cooperating with and who we are competing
with. I think that divisive memes just occupy a "meme space" that is
an evolutionary necessity.
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