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

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Date: Mon Feb 18 2002 - 16:53:05 GMT

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    On Monday, February 18, 2002, at 10:59 , Francesca S. Alcorn wrote:

    > Where I lived in Africa, the people believed that lightning was "called
    > down" on you by people you had pissed off (or rather by the witch
    > doctor who was *paid* by the people you had pissed off. - a sort of
    > lightning-for-hire scenario). While this may not have led to an
    > invention of the lightning rod, it certainly made people a little more
    > cautious and careful around each other - which probably strengthened
    > social bonds/community. So it may not have been verifiable in the
    > sense that you are talking about, but it had it's pay offs.

    What is verifiable and empirical is the bank-account (or whatever passes
    for lucre) of the shaman in that tribe. His behavior is also definable
    and predictable by the same accounts....

    Who starts a confidence trick, and why? I prefer Barnum to Freud.

    And, like Neitschze, I say 'science is the original sin'. How sweet the
    blow that hoists the sham(an)'s head upon the spike.

    Franklin ain't on the hundred dollar bill for nothin'.

    - Wade

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