TO: QueeneMUSE Re: "The Virology of Memes"

Robert Owen (
Fri, 01 Oct 1999 02:19:08 -0400 wrote:

> In a message dated 9/30/1999 3:00:12 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
> <<
> And, clinically speaking, "technophilia" is "an ego-defense erected to
> maintain the repression of abstract thought." >>
> what is that an infected meme?

Assuming you refer to "technophilia", my neologism implied a pathological attraction to, or obsession with, an object (c.f. necrophilia) -- in this case a neurotic absorption in technology or the artifacts of sensation (with apologies to the American Psychiatric Association).

Being quite new to the Transhumanist Ideology and Ethos, I can only recall that the term "meme" was introduced by the Oxford zoologist Richard Dawkins to denote the cultural equivalent of genes; ideas and collective phenomena took on a life of their own within society and, along with genes, affected the progress of human evolution. I'm sure this is a very inadequate or erroneous rendering, but I suppose "memes", like genes, are subject to the vagaries of mutation and could become grotesque psychological equivalents of defective genetic material.

I am not a biologist, so I am not aware of anything that could "infect" a meme, although for all I know they could be vulnerable to a virtual neurological virus and become neuropathic, or, for that matter, exhibit unseemly virtual warts or other unwanted excrescences.


Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA