Re: necesity of mental memes

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    >From: "Steve Drew" <>
    >Subject: necesity of mental memes
    >Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 21:22:50 +0000
    >>On Monday, January 21, 2002, at 08:29 , Lawrence DeBivort wrote:
    >> >Can you say a bit more about what you mean by 'tribalism' and its
    >> >dangers?
    >> >Might it be possible to create a sense of a species-wide tribe? And
    >> >would
    >> >this be at all helpful or harmful?
    >>Well, I'll pull out the flowers, and say, well, I was thinking pretty
    >>simply like a hippy. Us vs Them-ism. Tribalism.
    >>Might it be possible to have a global village, all of us Us, none of us
    >>It would be helpful, were it possible.
    >>But, my cynicism kicks in overtime, and sees no possibility.
    >>I want to be wrong.
    >>- - Wade
    >The possibility is always there Wade, it just tends to be too difficult
    >most people to do. This doen't mean we should stop trying.
    >The other way to establish a global villiage was covered by Joe Haldeman in
    >'the Forever War" and Robert Hienlien in "Starship Troopers" (Not the crap
    >film) - find some aliens to hate. Or is that even more cynical?
    A good sized asteroid hurling across our orbit along a path that's too close
    for comfort might facilitate all the world's nations seeking common ground.
    I'm not sure what true threat there may be "out there" over a given time
    period (say the next century or so) but neither were the dinosaurs in their

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