Memetic Experience

Zoom (
Sat, 21 Feb 1998 11:46:08 +0100

From: Zoom <>
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Subject: Memetic Experience
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 1998 11:46:08 +0100

I thought the following experience that happened yesterday was
interesting enough to share.

Driving to work, an approaching car flashes its' headlights at me. Based on
my experience, this could mean a few things. It was during the day,
and my headlights were not on, so the flash was not about that. I started
to process all the other implications of this, and came to the
conclusion that there was something of interest ahead (maybe an
accident or something).
It turned out to be a police car with a radar gun.
The flash had been a warning. And I was not the only person to be flashed.
As those who were flashed passed the police car, and in turn saw trafic
approaching from the other direction, they also flashed a warning.
On either side of the police car for maybe half a mile, cars going away
from him were flashing the cars going towards him. It became an ongoing
cycle. The 'warning--slow down' meme was passing between each car
without so much as a single word.
I'm sure this would have continued all day until the police car left the scene.


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