Re: Scientology

From: Joachim Maier (
Date: Tue Jan 22 2002 - 01:13:20 GMT

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    >I agree, the meme clearly doesn't want anything.
    >It's an abstract entity with no will.
    >The verb `to want' should be considered with
    >a metaphorical meaning. It's easier to say that
    >a meme wants something to describe its dynamics.
    >Perhaps better would be to speak of the more
    >neutral infection potential.
    >I guess the slogan of memes wanting anything is
    >an artifact of assuming the `meme's eye view'.

    Philip, I can understand your point, and can see that metaphorical meaning.
    I do not know much about the theory, and the different shades people represent.
    I did mostly refer to Bloom's Lucifer Principle, and here the chapter Why
    men embrace ideas and ideas embrace men.
    He says on page 178
    But why does a meme grab onto humans? So it can use a social bunch as a
    tool for self-expansion, driving a superorganism like a tank. Memes have an
    ultimate ambition. and it goes on like that for a while.


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