Re: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

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Date: Mon Jan 14 2002 - 07:28:16 GMT

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    At 03:36 PM 14/01/02 +1100, Jeremy Bradley <>


    >You may have read in my posts that I believe that the 'might-is-right' meme
    >(biblically derived), is false.

    Unless a meme is subjected to selection by the scientific method or some
    other selection force (like causing its followers to take action resulting
    in their death) it being true or false makes little difference in how well
    it does in occupying brains. There are probably more people who know their
    sign than there are people who could identify common astrophysical objects.

    >I also contend that it has the capacity to
    >bring about the demise of our species - autogenecide. For me, it is akin to
    >a virus.
    >What do you think?

    All memes have to characteristics in common with viruses.

    More of western culture taking over the world is due to CD's and movies
    than it is to bombers and tanks.

    On the subject of your worry, conventional or even nuclear war is extremely
    unlikely end the human species. Not to say it could not be done by
    nanotechnology, expected in the next 15 years or so. But I suspect
    something of us will make it through. Personally I am planning for the Far
    Edge Party 1/4 million years from now.

    Keith Henson

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