RE: The Status of Memetics as a Science

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    --- Vincent Campbell <> wrote:
    > <Without religion you wouldn't have Bach's music.>
    > I don't think Bach makes up for the Inquisition.
    > Vincent

    No one expects the Spanish Inquisition! :)

    Seriously, though, if you believe that you can quantify the suffering,
    and thus also quantify the feeling of pleasure, Bach wins clearly.
    Inquisition period was rather specific, relatively short lived, and not
    many people (in absolute numbers) had the opportunity to experience
    her. Bach's music is going to stay with us (arguably) as long as we as
    a species can enjoy the music, and that has already been longer then
    the period of mass atrocities done in the name of Inquisition. Future
    millions will also enjoy Bach.

    the idea behind, though, that religious and political authorities
    caused far more suffering to untold millions then their support of arts
    and sciences could ever remedy, is a valid one. I am at loss how to
    compare the two, though...
    All of it lead directly to more diversity, and thus, is good by the
    book of evolutionary ethics. (the unwritten one that I subscribe to ;)


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