Re: Words and memes

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Date: Sat Feb 16 2002 - 23:17:10 GMT

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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
    >>Strange Land.
    >>Why, when all is said and done, are we doing memes?
    >>- Wade
    >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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