Re: Wade's hammer

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    From: Jeremy Bradley

    > I do not see, and I think that Aaron has also shifted position on this in
    > last few years, that a meme is merely a contagious thought. Thought
    > contagion is more like a virus which can enter the body of culture and
    > establish itself by the use of one or more strategies.
    > As a 'tool', as I have intimated before, memetics may be used to expose
    > doctrines (viruses) which have been inserted into our cultural
    > by those with vested interests in cultural supremacy (such as colonizers
    > the territory, spirituality or finances of 'Others'). Even such notions as
    > 'Might-is-Right', obviously incorrect, is not then a meme but a 'virus'.

    Why can't there be viral memes? Some memes promote culture, while others
    promote cults of power. Some memes contribute to the social body, while
    others only make it sick. Either way, ideas have their own internal
    momentum. True or false, they tend to propagate.

    Ted Dace

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