Re: Ontology and selfish gammar illusions

Robin Faichney (
Mon, 24 May 1999 20:06:10 +0100

Date: Mon, 24 May 1999 20:06:10 +0100
From: Robin Faichney <>
Subject: Re: Ontology and selfish gammar illusions
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In message <>, writes
>In a message dated 5/21/99 2:54:36 AM Central Daylight Time,
> writes:
>>>>Is it the "having a self" that is a highly successful memeplex, or are
> >various "brands" of "selfishness" that are highly successful memeplexes
> >related to having a self? I could see the latter, but not the former.
> I go along with Blackmore in viewing the self, itself, as a memeplex.
> There are obviously many other memes and memeplexes more-or-less closely
> associated with that one. However, for me memetics is not absolute
> truth, but just a very, though not universally, useful conceptual
> framework. Like physics and Buddhism, for instance. The belief in an
> absolute truth tends to go when you graduate from naive realism. (Hope
> you like my new metaphor!)
> --
> Robin Faichney<<
>Yes I like the new metaphor even as I laugh at it! :-) No I certainly
>haven't graduated, if it would mean that I would necessarily conclude that
>*having a self* itself was nothing more than a meme-illusion. I remain
>"naive" on that point.

Naive realism about the self might usefully be distinguished from naive
realism in general -- or on the other hand, perhaps not.

Robin Faichney

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