Re: The Meme Machine

Bill Benzon (
Thu, 8 Apr 1999 17:44:40 -0400

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Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 17:44:40 -0400
From: (Bill Benzon)
Subject: Re: The Meme Machine

At 8:06 PM 4/8/99 +0100, Chris Lees wrote:

>Wow, that's fascinating, Bill. Thanks. Yes, I hadn't thought of it that way,
>I'm familiar with the experience. When I first attended Tai Chi classes, at the
>end of the class I'd go out into the street, and it was as if everyone there
>moving in slow motion, except me ! It was exhilirating, and I was greatly
>impressed by the power of the teachings. After all, fighting - or, avoiding an
>attack - becomes very easy, if your opponents are moving at half speed.

Take a look at John Jerome, The Sweet Spot in Time (1980) for a look at
sports from this POV.

>But I think it is the sudden contrast that is most noticeable. After a while,
>everyone else moving in slow motion becomes the norm, and I don't notice
>it anymore.
>> I've got a reasonable sense of basic Buddhist doctrine, though I'm a bit
>> rusty on it.
>Well, forgive me. I just needed to sketch the background. I'm not plugging
>Buddhism or evangelising to anyone.

No problem, just wanted to give a piece of information you didn't have.

William L. Benzon 201.217.1010
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