Re: Bad times traits

From: Van oost Kenneth (
Date: Sun 20 Apr 2003 - 18:34:45 GMT

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    ----- Original Message ----- From: "Keith Henson" <>
    > To keep this focused on memetics, the effect of turning on these
    > psychological survival traits in humans is to make fanatic memes more
    > likely to thrive.


    You 're saying that ' extreme ' memes, whatever the pad of that term may be runs memetic evolution !?

    Personaly, I always suspected ' violence ' , whatever the pad of that term may be, was and is in control. Meaning:- without an opposite, without the dichotomy you won 't get meaning as such. People may thus be more prone to access their psychological characteristic just because it proved, in the past, to be working.

    If memes, ' program ' people and their thinking, so constrain the range of options we would prefer to take otherwise, we would choose, are obliged to access our psychological characteristic !? So, you 're characteristic would be a ' natural ' form of a neuro- logically linked sense to ' groupbounding '............!? And the group, weaker or stronger than their opposite, that uses the most violence, uses extremes....wins !?

    > I should add that privation is not the only way for fanatic memes to do
    > well in a society. Being attacked may invoke the same or a related
    > mechanism. You can certainly make that case for the US since 9/11.

    If the above is correct, than the mechanism will invoke an uncontrol- able snowball- effect......extreme, more extreme,.......more and more exteme,........and bam.........



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