Re: Explanatory coherence

Mark Mills (mmmills@OnRamp.NET)
Tue, 5 Aug 97 13:36:10 -0000

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Subject: Re: Explanatory coherence
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 97 13:36:10 -0000
From: Mark Mills <mmmills@OnRamp.NET>
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>There is a DISTINCTLY MEMETIC explanation of what
>caused monotheism: In a society where numerous god-memes accumulate in a
>population, they start subdividing their access to their host's replication
>faculties (host resources). This creates an advantage for a new god-meme
>which says "I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no false gods before
>me." For more about this, see p. 98-99 of THOUGHT CONTAGION.


If god-memes are accumulating in a population, what do you think is the
best means of counting them?

In keeping with the dialog, do you think the monotheistic memes are the
artifacts in the environment? a brain pattern?

Finally, is the new god-meme which says 'have no false gods' a
evolutionary mutation of 'have any god' or 'have a god'? Is there
something of a coded switch that once meant 'have a god' and through
thoughtless replication error became 'have no false gods'?



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