Re: virus: Holy Fire

David Leeper (
Wed, 25 Sep 1996 17:43:41 -0500

>What survival and replicative techniques do you think the Church of the
>Virus could lift from Tarot & Company without sacrificing our commitment
>to the promotion of rationality? That's not a rhetorical question. I'm
>quite prepared to discover that there is a vein of propagative strategy
>there waiting to be mined.

Tarot & Company are general-purpose idea generators. Such tools are fairly easy to create and
use. Here's an idea off the top of my head (feel free to mutate it):

1) Take a tarot deck. Lay out two cards at random. The first is you, the second your

If you don't like a card, replace it with another. Once you have two cards you like, interpret
the meaning. What do the cards say about you and your environment. How do they interact?

2) Lay out two more cards at random. Theses show how you and your environment have changed over
time, how things have mutated. If you don't like a card, replace it. But you can't replace the
first set of cards.

3) Repeat this process as long as you like.

This little game combines randomness, evolution and free will. It is an idea generator, not a
method of divination. Both randomness and evolution are proven ways to search a large problem
space when the solution path is not known before hand. The game also, by definition, relates to
what the person playing is interested in. It's personal.

What do you think? Perhaps something other than Tarot cards could be used.

David Leeper
Homo Deus