Re: Apoptosis

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    >I dont think it is memes that have a point of view. I think that the
    >combination of memes each of us has influences the way we see the world to
    >certain extent, and that as the memes we have change over time, so too can
    >the way we look atthe world
    I like this viewpoint, Steve, and agree completely. The evidence for it
    lies in how what we believe influences what we see and what we call things
    influences how we remember them and react to the emotionally. In other
    words, our memes do influence our perceptions and as we adopt new ones, our
    perceptions change.

    Isn't that what science is all about? We once saw the world as a flat place
    where the sun was driven like a chariot across the sky. Then, when the meme
    for a round earth took over, we perceived the sun going around the earth.
    It took another revelation and a battle of memes before we learned to see
    that the earth revolved around the sun. What we see when we look up in the
    sky every day hasn't changed. New memes and new information has changed how
    we process what we see. How we work it into our map of the universe. That
    whole map is composed of memes.

    Now our map is changing on a daily basis and so do our perceptions. I've
    seen posts that imply people believe we may live in a world like the one
    depicted in The Matrix. Other people are saying we are on the verge of
    living hundres or thousands of years. The planets that once represented
    gods in the sky are now seen as new worlds to conquer and live on. And the
    spread of those memes that change our perceptions fly around the world at
    the speed of light. So it's not just a tribe here and another there that
    has its perceptions changed by new ideas and new visions of reality, but the
    entire population of the earth, often in a single day -- as on the day when
    men walked upon the moon. The memes were there first, but television made
    it real and immediate.

    Watching it happen wiped out most of the competing ideas about the moon
    similtaneously all over the world. Of course, there is still a lunatic
    fringe who believe it never happened, but for the most part, people now
    really believe we can walk on any planet in our solar system. That makes
    them see the planets in a new light, and that light comes from within us.


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