Re: Selfish meme?

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    >Subject: Re: Selfish meme?
    >Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2002 14:49:37 EST
    >In a message dated 1/25/2002 5:12:21 PM Central Standard Time, Keith Henson
    ><> writes:
    > > At 10:29 AM 25/01/02 -0500, wrote:
    > >
    > > snip
    > >
    > > >It's probably worth noting that the Enronism in business had a major
    > > >on politics. Without Enron, George W. Bush would probably not have won
    > > >presidential race. (Even the Republican primary is a big question
    > > >Arguably, the executives at Enron were acting as American oligarchs.
    > > >
    > > >The whole thing carries over into science as well, since the president
    > > the
    > > >USA has enormous influence on the science and education budgets in
    > > >country. There are real consequences to the lack of effective scrutiny
    > > >real accountability enjoyed for so long by Enron.
    > >
    > > Cults are a manifestation of memes, often the really pathological cases
    > > that demonstrate memes clearly at odds with genes. I noticed this
    > > that one of the Enron people who had been freaking out over their
    > > loses in partnerships but had made millions when he bailed out of Enron
    > > committed suicide. It is perhaps appropriate that Enron is analyzed as
    > > cult here:
    > >
    > > Keith Henson
    >Interesting article, Keith. Thanks for posting it. There does indeed seem
    >be a cultish aspect to many corporations. And a corporate aspect to many
    Corporations have mission statements. I'm not sure how cultish mission
    statements are. Brodie talks about mission statements in his _Virus of the
    Mind_ book in a chapter called "Designer Viruses (How to Start a Cult)". But
    who actually ever reads mission statements, unless they happen to be
    plastered on the wall in bold letters.

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