Re: Memetic Inertia (Was: Lyle's Law)

Eugene Leitl (
Tue, 11 Mar 1997 21:08:52 +0100 (MET)

On Tue, 11 Mar 1997, Randall Clague wrote:

> On Mon, 7 Oct 1996 00:20:03 +0100, "Dr. Rich Artym"
> <> wrote:
> > [...]
> I've had the same thought, and called it social inertia. It's why I

Memetic immunity of the majority but a few novelty-seekers has in the
past sure contributed to a society's fitness. Even in this century, large
human metanimals have screwed themselves profoundly, resulting in Mdeaths.
Conservativism comes from an attempt to shelter things in face of a savagely
storming change. A wise course, at times. But.

Local victims, of both colours there are, but on the large scale, progress
can be considered satisfactory.

> think the Singularity will not happen. Something interesting will
> happen, certainly. But it will not involve more than a small fraction
> of the population, because most people don't *like* change.
> So, a few people will transform themselves, then a few more, then a
> lot more - but it will be gradual: not a Singularity.

We will see gods walking among mere men, soon.
And the surest way not to be trod upon seems to be becoming one.
The chances are sure slim. But the fun!