Re: Scientology

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Mon Jan 21 2002 - 21:11:30 GMT

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    >From: Joachim Maier <>
    >Subject: Re: Scientology
    >Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 11:12:02 -0500
    >I'm with you on this one Grant. Some people seem to view memes like gods or
    >intelligent beings from another planet. This in my opinion is humbug. By
    >the way I like your approach to use this list as a way to test your own
    >theory. I did not understand that some objected to this. I think its great,
    >and shows that you want to think on your own.
    >At 07:54 AM 1/21/2002 -0800, you wrote:
    >>>We're born into a world already
    >>>chalk full of ideas, all of which want to seduce us and propagate in our
    >>I don't believe ideas "want" to do anything. It's like saying gold and
    >>silver "want" to become money. The way people react to these things can
    >>be good or bad, but that is not the fault of the gold or silver. It's
    >>what people use them for that makes them anything other than the dirt
    >>under our feet. Ideas are the same. They just lie there and wait for
    >>people to pick them up. What people do with them is a function of each
    >>person rather than the idea itself.
    It's possible that the relationship between people and ideas is a two-way
    street. People can influence ideas and ideas can influence people. There are
    times when a particular idea can become a puppetmaster, but OTOH people can
    also hold the reins on ideas or actively mold them instead of solely being
    passively molded by the ideas.

    I think its a good idea to use the word idea.

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