From: Keith Henson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon 21 Apr 2003 - 23:07:28 GMT
At 08:34 PM 20/04/03 +0200, Kenneth wrote:
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Keith Henson" <email@example.com>
> > 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.
Sorry, most of the time I understand what you are saying, but you are using
"pad" in a way that does not make sense. Please define.
>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
I think that is what leads up to the kind of violent spasm we saw in the
Hutu/Tutsi genocide. But after a huge number of people have been killed,
the violence subsides--till the population builds up again.
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