Re: Grant's theory of Everything

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Date: Thu Jan 24 2002 - 07:27:43 GMT

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    I find i agree with a lot that you have said, and that we do have many
    choices in the memes we accept. Where i disagree is that we have been
    exposed to various memes throughout our lives that we do not neccesarily
    question without a great deal of thought, and that many people either do not
    do , will not do it or cannot do it. Hence they accept memes that are close
    to the one they posses without hte scrutiny that they should deserve, and
    act accordingly. eg. If i said to you that Hitler was not that bad a bloke,
    you would likely not agree! (and evryone else hopefully!) :-). But for
    some reason in the 1930's a lot did. And if they didn't they at least kept
    stum. This is what i mean by the idea that memetic acceptance/ rejection is
    one of a spectrum rather than a simple filter that we chose to interpret the
    world in terms of our 'wants'.

    Both yourself and Philip are at least attempting to to narrow the field a
    bit and good luck to you both for trying.

    About the the freedom we have in chosen memes we like: you should not
    forget that memes shape who we are. Ideas and ideologies we adopt are in
    resonance with memes we already adopted. Memes code the brain, and in a
    way the metaphore memes selecting memes is not so bad.
    I think the actual freedom one has in chosing between one meme or
    another is not that big. Emotions play a crucial role in the selection
    process but
    emotions in turn are steered by thoughts, ideas, notions, opinions each of
    which is memetic also.

    Thanks for your encouragement Steve....
    BTW how did you learn speed-reading?


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