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

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Date: Wed Feb 13 2002 - 04:43:42 GMT

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    > >Exactly..
    > >In my own words, I'd like to talk of a barrier
    > >of skepsis that has to be overcome by the meme to get adopted. Some
    > >have low barriers, others high. Indeed, the height of the barrier also
    > >depends
    > >on who offers the meme at hand (authority figures, `comedians', kids,
    > >elders, etc...) and on the timedependent status of the host (is he
    > >`susceptible', good mooded etc.) as well as whether the meme is
    > >or appealing to
    > >the host.
    > And some memes are hook-y, IOW, they contain elements that tend to
    circumvent such barriers. Filters and hooks, since they are competing
    evolutionary strategies (like perceptual discernment and camoflage), cannot
    be considered in isolation from each other.

    True. Memes that can persuade the host to adopt will outdo the ones who are
    less adept in that. The nobility of the meme at hand, good/symbiotic or
    bad/parasitic, is rather unimportant. If the memes were generally too bad
    in the sense of killing off a large part of the human population for a long
    enough period the people with high skeptical barriers would flourish. This
    not happened yet, so people have low enough skeptical barriers for (evil)
    memes to overcome and the nature of those memes are that they are not too
    damaging to humanity.


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