Re: Rational/Logical Thought = Meme Immune System?

Stephen de Vries (
Mon, 19 Aug 1996 12:58:44 GMT2

On Thu, 15 Aug 1996 Chris Hind wrote:

> Could rational logical thought be considered a Memetic Immune System for
> destructive memes such as the great religions of the world. If so then I
> would have a STRONG meme immune system being forced as a kid to go to church
> against my will, having a mother as a church secretary who also ran a bible
> study as well as a highly christian extended family and being able to debunk
> it all through logical reasoning and rationalization.

True. But the analogy of an immune system is misleading, it implies
that logical thought is somehow above other memes and acts as a
controlling system. Logic itself is a meme, and it opperates on the
same level as religious memes. Different maps for different chaps,
different semantic funnels for different reality tunnels.

Stephen de Vries

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