Re: Memetics IS a cult

t (levy@Oswego.EDU)
Mon, 15 Feb 1999 12:17:16 -0500 (EST)

From: <levy@Oswego.EDU>
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 12:17:16 -0500 (EST)
To: memetics@mmu.ac.uk
Subject: Re: Memetics IS a cult
In-Reply-To: <199902150906.JAA21021@alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk>

Just to be deliberately naive....

Why can't memetics become a science AND a religion? After all, applied
science that works really feels and looks like magic to people.... And who
says a religion can't be scientific?-- the priesthood of science, headed
by people like Dawkins and other eliminatists?

I would like to see the "folk" become empowered with a more exact science
of society. People engineering ideologies left and right, people becoming
immune to the media far too quickly... Our dear establishment would have
to flinch a bit.

I have a nagging suspicion (which I might explore further) that such a
PDP/ kind of hyper-grassroots implementation of meme-science would be more
acceptable for society, and far more healthy than a top-down euthenics
approach to it, which of course we would have to do silently anyway if we
were choose that turn.

Rob

> Paul Blaising wrote:
>
> >This Word came first, and Richard showed how to apply it to memetics
> itself.
> >Memetics IS a cult. The Church of Virus is its church, Virus of the Mind
> its
> >Bible, and Richard Brodie its Prophet!
>
> I do not agree. I suspect you've taken several things more seriously than
> they have been intended by their creators. You've bought into the medium,
> but ignored the message.
>
> (But I guess that's how most religions begin, regrettably.)
>
> - -Tim Rhodes
>
>
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-Robert P. Levy-
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A random quote...
"It is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many
things than one."
-- Francis Bacon

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