Re: Logic

From: Philip Jonkers (
Date: Sun Jul 22 2001 - 17:18:41 BST

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    Hi TJ,

    Is logic a meme?

    Logic offers reasonable answers to rational questions. It is
    a reflection of how the physical world works. Nature ultimately
    works according to the laws of logic, if it didn't there would be
    no such place as our universe in the first place. Anyway, to solve a technical
    or physical problem requires logic to arrive at a satisfactory
    working solution. Having a solution based not on logic will have to
    rely on luck or brute-force operant conditioning (trial-and-error).
    In general, if the problem solver uses logic he will come to a higher
    quality solution in less time and with less expenditure of resources.
    Therefore, the logical approach to any problem will be preferred
    over other - less logical and more irrational - angles.
    People will gain competitive edges by developing an affinity
    for emphasizing logic in their problem solving approach. In the past,
    there ought to have been a true genetic interest in developing,
    either via creation or imitation, logical behavior. This means a memetic
    drive towards thinking more-and-more logical, analogous to the
    memetic driving leading to the big human brain as Susan Blackmore
    argues in `The Meme-Machine'.
    It therefore seems only logical (!) to infer that, YES, logic is
    synonymous to an extremely powerful memeplex. This niche is supported
    by the existence of the whole realm of rational-thought disciplines
    built on logic. Mathematics, science and technology are examples of
    extremely successful memeplexes which would not have come to existence without

    Indeed, I owe it to logic that I'm capable of coming to the conclusion
    that, indeed, logic is a memeplex, and a very successful one at that.


    Philip Jonkers.

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