Re: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

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    >On Friday, January 11, 2002, at 01:35 , Grant Callaghan wrote:
    >>But the memes themselves can be used for other purposes
    >And just how is the use of a meme different from the meme itself?
    >Or, how can one be using a meme for a purpose for which it is
    >not memetically fit...?
    >Or, I suppose there are other ways to ask the question....
    >- Wade
    As I said in another post, the same way the concept of using a hammer can be
    different from actually using one.

    We each use the memes we borrow to solve our own problems and achieve our
    own ends. What we use a meme for may not be the use for which it was
    designed or originally intended. A hammer was not designed to kill people
    but can be used for that purpose. The words and ideas of Jesus were not
    designed to kill people but have been used to justify killing on a global
    scale for close to 2,000 years. Whole civilizations have been wiped out by
    the misuse of that meme. It wasn't the meme that killed them, it was the
    people who used it.




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