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

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    >From: "Wade T.Smith" <>
    >Subject: Re: Words and memes: criteria for acceptance of new belief or
    >Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 11:53:05 -0500
    >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'.
    Wasn't Nietzsche an unpolished version of Freud?

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