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> malignant. Most of the religious memes, or most of
> any other metaphysical memes, reveal such properties.
> Very actual: suicide memes!
Well i'd agree, but suicide is not a religious meme. Most religions
declare suicide as a sin. And also unreligious people commit
suicide or terrorize around, which might be more a result of our
commercialized, materialistic, drug-filled culture.
> And some people are more skeptical (less
> persuasive) than others. The treshold of persuasion depends
> on the make-up of the brain and the memetic history of the brain
> (the collection of already adopted memes) and is thus unique
> for each person.
Very well said.
> It is the brain that selects (conscious or unconscious),
> but the brain is a product of
> existing memes already running around in head and the genetic
> make-up of the brain (some people never will be scientists
> or become meme-fountains no matter how hard they try).
> It therefore valid to some extent that memes select memes.
I totally agree!
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