RE: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Sun Jan 20 2002 - 06:02:17 GMT

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    At 08:41 PM 19/01/02 -0800, "Joe Dees" <>


    >I think that as long as exclusivist patriarchal monotheisms that are
    >manipulable by fanatics (largely on the basis of what is indeed written in
    >their holy books) to inspire holy murder inhere in this world and command
    >power over the affairs of nations and sway over the minds of the
    >fundamentalist faithful, we will be stuck with a bloody memetic problem.

    I think the situation is that bad and even worse because I don't think much
    progress is going to be made before memetics and the evolved reward
    pathways memes use are understood well enough to make concrete proposals
    about how to deal with the problems. It might well be that we need to
    create a better religion (or something) specifically designed to replace
    the nasty elements of that culture.

    It also could be that secular memes of tolerance of the west are already
    doing that and they just need to be pushed along a bit. A lot could happen
    I bet with some small scale funding of people with more moderate ideas.

    Keith Henson

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