Re: A scary but HYPOTHETICAL question.

From: Skye (
Date: Thu Oct 19 2000 - 19:22:11 MDT

> The
> time has come to drop memetic
> Darwinism, because it isn't fit for transhumans, and
> even less fit for extropic
> Artilects and Spiritual Machines.
> Stay hungry,
> --J. R.
> 3M TA3
I think there's a confusion present in whatever system
created this. If we apply genetic terms to ideas, the
only assumption can be that they work to propogate
themselves, not people. People can go die for all
ideas care. Martyr, even.
There are a lot of flexible or adaptive type systems,
though, that will occasionally make a move to
accomodate another system in order to enhance its own
success, but this is usually the exception rather than
the rule. I seem to remember certain neurological
studies reported in this book I read yesterday called
"A New Psychology of Men" (I know, sounds stupid, but
I had several hours in the library and had already
gotten through ten books in the last two) in which it
said that male babies tend to actually be more
emotional than female ones- and drew the conclusion
that there are sociologically inherent structures
which try to teach men to be unemotional in some
respects through isolation and emotional scarring.
Being that the social structure of a species is
adaptive and at least semi-functional in terms of
system survival (a whole branch of sociology is
dedicated to this stuff, actually), it may be one case
in which our individual genetic/behavioral
predilections are overriden by another reflexive
system- in this case the behavior of the societal

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