RE: What does the replicating?

Richard Brodie (
Mon, 9 Jun 1997 16:28:03 -0700

From: Richard Brodie <>
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Subject: RE: What does the replicating?
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 1997 16:28:03 -0700

Tim Perper wrote:

>How does memetics explain the origin and spread of
>evil without postulating yet *another* ghost in the machine, this time
>the form of a dualist set of Evil Memes, kin, we presume, to the forces
>darkness variously known as Ahriman, Set, or Mephistopheles?

Do you mean the spread of evil acts by humans, or the spread of the
distinction-meme "evil" to refer to natural animal behaviors considered
antisocial? If the former, I assert that it's always been around. If the
latter, the notion of evil has been spread in the west by mind viruses
such as Christianity.

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