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> There are other defenses against the uncritical acceptance of
> potentially dangerous memes. Most common is the trait of rejecting all
> newfangled ideas, where "newfangled" is usually defined as any to which
> one has not been exposed before puberty. Societies have similar defenses
> against new ideas. There are also powerful meta-memes, that is, memes
> used to judge other memes. Of these, the scientific method is perhaps
> the most effective. Logic is another system by which memes can be
> tested, at least for consistency.
Saying that logic is different from the scientific method is like saying
math and physics are separable. The former is used by the latter.
> With respect to the USSR, trade and tolerance are both at a low level.
> Historically trade was a much smaller part of the economy during the time
> the rest of Europe was undergoing the Renaissance. The recent attempts
> to introduce tolerance to other modes of economic systems in the USSR
> have more than a superficial similarity to the Catholic church finally
> deciding to live with the Protestants. A modern-day Renaissance in the
> USSR may be based on the free exchange of information through computers
> and free(r) trade.
> [Remember I wrote this in 19881]
So you went back to the future with this huh?
> The development of memetics provides improved mental tools (models)
> for thinking about the influences, be they benign, silly, or fatal, that
> replicating information patterns have on all of us. Here is a source of
> danger if memetics comes of age and only a few learn to create meme sets
> of great influence. Here too is liberation for those who can recognize
> and analyze the memes to which they are exposed. If "the meme about
> memes" infects enough people, rational social movements might become more
Nice article I like it...
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