Re: Papers critical of memetics

Tim Rhodes (
Sat, 6 Feb 1999 10:53:52 -0800

From: "Tim Rhodes" <>
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Subject: Re: Papers critical of memetics
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 10:53:52 -0800

Aaron Lynch wrote:

>On TV, [Richard Brodie] tell[s]
>the audience that "I wrote Virus of the Mind because there was this
>incredibly interesting topic that no one was talking about..." Clearly

Your perspective is tragicly limited, Aaron. Popular culture is still, by
and large, unaware of memetics.

I would urge you to do some of the experimental research you are so fond of
going-on at length on about. Go out to cafe, bar, mall, or community center
and engage people in conversation. Bring up the topic of memetics and
record their level of knowledge about it. If they have heard of it, inquire
after the source.

When you can present me with some data on this I will accept your
conclusions. Until then, I see no reason not to dismiss your opinions as a
symptom of "ivory-tower syndrome" on your part.

-Tim Rhodes

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