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At 11:03 PM 13/02/02 -0500, Aaron wrote:
>The points you raise about how memetics may be ideologically
>threatening to a growing movement are good ones. In the case of the
>Libertarians, there may be another consideration: that the theory
>suggests that not all the major problems and misbeliefs of society can
>be traced to the actions of governments, and that populations can go
>astray even without the action of a central authority.
That's certainly true. As an example, the al-Qaeda cult can't really be
called a government. And the corruption the scientologists cause is not a
function of governments.
> From what Scott says, it appears that the furor at Reason and at
>Liberty happened long after you wrote the article. That is, assuming
>that I correctly remember you having started to circulate the article
>sometime around 1986. If 1996 was the year of the big flap at
>Reason and at Liberty, then the whole thing would have been a very
>current and emotional memory to them by the time they got my book in
I had the wrong person, corrected in a followup to Scott. The Analog meme
article went to them some time in 1986. I was working on the Reason
article before Analog came out. So they would have seen it perhaps late in
1987 would be my guess. I am away from my files or I might be able to pull
out a reject notice.
That a *rejected* article would be remembered close to ten years later is
amazing. I can't see what is in it that would have had that much
effect. Now that I think about it, it rejected *twice.* It had been
written after I talked Robert Poole about a meme article, so it was a real
surprise to get it back. I called and told them it had been written by
arrangement and they said to send it back. I got another reject with a
note that Poole was no longer editor. Perhaps the reason it was remembered
was because of some internal battle and has nothing to do with the content.
Memetics, history of.
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