Re: DIPLOMACY: Memetic Morphing

Eugene Leitl (
Sat, 14 Nov 1998 22:39:43 +0100

Spike Jones writes:

> actually, many in that group dont. my brother in law has decided he
> cant block harmful information from his two daughters (5 and 7) with the
> cursed box in his house, so no tv. no radio either. i dont know

As a matter of fact, the man might be doing a smart thing. Though lacking formal investigation, anecdotal evidence does seem to suggest that watching TV for long hours does erode basic mental capabilities, and prevents their formation in children, particularly young ones.

Since rationing TV time in a family is difficult, it may be best to abstain altogether, difficult as it may appear in the first few weeks. Is anybody aware of some basic study, e.g. as average TV hours/week correlate with IQ?


> why the u.s. is so overrun with born agains. perhaps they are
> just a very vocal minority? spike