RE: Memes and Conspiracy

Richard Brodie (
Mon, 3 Feb 1997 14:50:09 -0800

Lloyd Miller wrote:

> I have been reading your book, Virus of the Mind, and was pleased
>to see your section "conspiracy theories". Now, my associate James
>Daugherty tells me you are on the Extropian list. Both James and I are
>quite impressed with the Extropians.

Me too!
> Perhaps I should finish reading your book before I say this, but,
>in my opinion, memeticians are failing to take seriously that memes are
>social organisms or macrobes as genes are to biological organisms.
>Ultimately, memes survive because they impart characteristics to their
>macrobe that enhance survival of the macrobe just as genes impart
>characteristics to biological organisms. Memeticians seem to fall into
>the view that memes compete directly with each a catchy
>virus. Yup, we probably have a big disagreement on this one, judging
>the title of your book.

Nope, not at all. Viruses of the mind are not memes; they are social
organisms, complete with cultural artifacts, that USE memes to spread. I
think we are in serious agreement.
Richard Brodie +1.206.688.8600
CEO, Brodie Technology Group, Inc., Bellevue, WA, USA
Do you know what a "meme" is?