From: Reed Konsler (email@example.com)
Date: Thu 05 Dec 2002 - 17:55:24 GMT
> > >
> > > In numerous posts many of us have pointed out the fact that you can't
> > > argue with memes of faith.
I believe that I can create competitors to cultural replicators
incorporating a faith meme. When I read the statement above, I focus on the
word "argue" which, in my mind, has connotations of debate, formal logic,
competitive strategy, and strict construction of rules. I interpret the
above statement to mean that such strategies are not very effective in
transmitting competing replicators into a mind that already hosts a
replicator containing the faith meme.
My interpretation doesn't imply that there aren't effective ways to have
influence using language. It's more a question of adapting the memes of the
competing replicator to the hosts present ideosphere.
One difficulty in transmitting cultural replicators is that we tend to be in
love with our own mental images. Like Narcissus, it is only satisfying to
see a faithful reflection or reproduction of our replicator in the other.
Anything less seems to compromise the "truth" of the idea. If I'm not
careful, I often engage in the process with the implicit assumption that I
can erase and overwrite memes on the surface of another brain like sectors
on a hard drive.
An effective competing replicator, however, needs to be specifically
targeted. As the adage goes, success is 10% inspiration (breathing in the
new replicator) and 90% perspiration (figuring out the thought process of
the other person). It's very hard to keep that balance in mind.
A corollary is that, given limited time and energy, one must distill down
the replicator to the fewest memes possible. Every bit of excess baggage
will require 9 times as much effort to transmit (or reduce the probability
of transmission by some related factor).
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