Mind Viruses

Reed Konsler (konsler@ascat.harvard.edu)
Fri, 9 Apr 1999 16:54:25 -0400

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 16:54:25 -0400
To: memetics@mmu.ac.uk
From: konsler@ascat.harvard.edu (Reed Konsler)
Subject: Mind Viruses

>From: "Richard Brodie" <richard@brodietech.com>
>Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 14:20:36 -0700
>Subject: Replicating in and out of minds
>Examples of interesting mind viruses
>that warrant study are religions, multi-level marketing groups, chain
>letters, and even the Eiffel Tower, which just replicated itself in Las

Also, I suppose, the concept of individual identity? How many movies
have you seen which repeat the same theme:

"Me Tarzan, you Jane"

This would make "self/other" one of the most successful mind viruses
ever. It infects everyone. It's the first thing you do when meeting
someone...and even if you can't speak a word to each other, the
exchange of names defines humans from non-humans.


Reed Konsler konsler@ascat.harvard.edu

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