Memetic Parasitism

From: Alan Patrick (
Date: Tue 19 Jul 2005 - 06:58:16 GMT

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    On another board we were talking about why Harry Potter has raised the ire of religous fundamentalists, whereas Philip Pullman's kids series, which is far more anti religion etc, has not. View was that perhaps the anti Potter thing is a memetic parasite, the Potter mindspace being larger and thus better to colonise. (Of course, as Pullman is for older kids it just may be that the moralists find it harder to understand.....)

    Any views on the lifestyles of Memetic parasites....for eg are there differences between species, say between fad parasites and those leeched to longer term memes?

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