virus: Re: meme pairs

David Leeper (
Fri, 25 Oct 1996 13:29:08 -0500


Santo Wrote:
>Do memes usually come in pairs of apparent opposites? Or am I just
fooling myself with
>semantics? (In that it is hard linguistically to have a symbol for "X"
>without, by labeling it so, creating the concept of everything else
>being "not X".) I seem to recall that set theory deals with this at

I'm not sure Set Theory is up to the task of describing memes and their
interactions. Using
only Logic and Set Theory, Bertrand Russel proved the moon is made of green

Cohesive Math works a little better. Given X, we assign it to 1. The
opposite of X is -1,
which is only one thing, rather than an infinite number of things.

David Leeper
Homo Deus