RE: Words and memes: criteria for acceptance of new belief or meme

From: Steve Drew (srdrew_1@hotmail.com)
Date: Tue Feb 12 2002 - 21:08:52 GMT

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    >Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 15:18:34 -0500
    From: Keith Henson <hkhenson@cogeco.ca>
    Subject: RE: Words and memes: criteria for acceptance of new belief or
    meme

    I would argue that memes *can* destroy or bypass judgment-making
    mechanisms.† They do this by inducing behavior such as the "love
    bombing"
    and isolation as done by the Moonies.† ". . . Molko v.Holy Spirit
    Association (1988) 46 Cal.3d 1092, in which the California Supreme Court
    held that the First Amendment did not bar civil causes of action for
    fraud,
    intentional infliction of emotional distress and restitution when a cult
    used deception to cause an unsuspecting individual to expose himself to
    brainwashing techniques and suffered damage as a result."<

    I know youíve done lots of work in this area Keith, but maybe the memes are
    not destryed but rather pushed to one side. I donít know the particular case
    you are on about, but i thought that people can (though not always) be
    de-briefed. Also, as i understand we do not forget as such, its just that we
    donít always recall. So when people are de-briefed (canít find the correct
    word) they are recalling memes they already have, rahter than having them
    re-implanted (again not always succesfully or completely.

    Regards

    Steve

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