Re: Memes For Peace

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Mon 10 Mar 2003 - 01:22:41 GMT

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    At 02:25 PM 09/03/03 -0600, Bryan Thompson wrote:

    >I agree that memes have been engineered by advertising and governments.
    >what I am proposing is that we use memetic engineering for peaceful means to
    >stop war and save lives. I think that this is a much more noble cause than
    >selling underwear or cola.

    May I suggest you consider looking into another area? Memetics is a "how" kind of explanation, moving the viewpoint to the information itself, along the lines that the "selfish gene" moved the viewpoint to the gene to understand what was being selected in the evolutionary process.

    Evolutionary psychology dovetails with memetics in providing "why" answers. Namely, why do some memes thrive and others fail and possibly why 17 of the 19 9/11 hijackers came from Saudia Arabia. It also may provide
    "how" answers and provide guild lines for building good models of human social psychology.

    Put the words "evolutionary psychology" in Google and take the second link.

    After you come up to speed on evolutionary psychology, put "sex drugs cults henson" in Google and take the first link.

    If you can find some modest sources of funding, I think models making remarkable predictions could be created and the conditions leading to war could be headed off a generation before war occurs.

    Keith Henson

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