Re: sex and the single meme

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Date: Sat Jan 26 2002 - 04:31:59 GMT

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    > >Well yes, but still. These crazy folks on the island select which
    > >memes they use and believe in.. with their brains. There's no
    > >outside force which does the selection.

    That depends how you define 'outside'. Memes may enter the brain from
    outside from the results of some kind of communication. Once inside they
    may affect the host in such a way as to alter its behavior in favor of
    kin-related memes. Religions and cults work according to that notorious
    scheme. Such memes come from other hosts residing outside, in particular
    if the memes are contained in written documents. Another example is when
    during WWII both warring parties try to influence the
    enemy by sending airplanes over enemy territory to toss out propaganda
    leaflets. It seems to me a clear case of memes from outside interfering with
    selection forces regarded strictly private by you.


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