# Re: virus: Martyrdom

David Leeper (dleeper@sm1.gte.net)
Fri, 25 Oct 1996 23:06:13 -0500

Kenneth Boyd,

> "Self-preservation" attacks "Cowardice"
> "Courage" uses "Self-preservation"
> "Courage" attacks "Cowardice"
>
> "Cowardice" attacks both "self-preservation" and "courage"
>
> [Note that "cowardice" is the memetic analog of a biological mimic: it
> tries to camouflage itself as useful for "self-preservation", but really
> attacks it.]
>
> [Also, note that "self-preservation" functions at least twice in the
> proposed new-recruit target psychology, so it is VERY important!]
>
> "Martyrdom" attacks "self-preservation"
>
> THUS, program the new recruit to REJECT "Martyrdom"

Congratulations! You're the first person other than myself to use Cohesive
Math! CM has
graduated from an idea to a meme!

In the previous posting I used Attacks() as a method of defining opposites
when mapping a
memespace. This gives:

Martyrdom Attacks(Self-Preservation)
These memes become opposites, say, 1 and -1.

Courage Attacks(Cowardice)
Makes these memes opposites, 2 and -2.

Cowardice Attacks(Courage)
Produces the same effect as the previous function, -2 and 2. However,

Cowardice Attacks(Self-Preservation)
Says that Cowardice (-2) and Self-Preservation (-1) are opposites, which is
not true.

Are you using Attacks() in a different context? Perhaps a function other
than Attacks() is
appropriate, say, Cowardice Hinders(Self-Preservation)?

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CM Lession II

Numbers:
In Cohesive Math, Numbers represent ideas, including memes. When we
encounter an idea, we
assign a Number to it. Every time we encounter that same idea, it is
represented with the same
Number.

Simple Number:
A Simple Number is a thing in and of itself. It cannot be broken into
smaller units in the
context it is used. In CM, Simple Numbers are assigned to the symbols
that, in normal Math,
are called powers of 2, i.e. 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024,
2048, ... and their
negative counter-parts.

Complex Number:
Complex Numbers are combinations of Simple Numbers. 3 is a Complex Number
uniting 1 and 2; 5
is a Complex Number uniting 1 and 4; 6 unites 2 and 4; 7 unites 1, 2 and 4,
etc.

Addition is performed whenever Numbers interact. For example, all Complex
Numbers are the

Assume we are presented with a clump of dirt. It is the first idea we've
been presented with,
so we call it 1. Then we're given more dirt. We still have only dirt, so
1 + 1 = 1.

Now we are presented with water, which is not dirt, so we call it 2. Then
we're given more
water. We still have only water, so 2 + 2 = 2.

Finally, we mix the two ideas of dirt and water. This gives us mud, which
is not water and is
not dirt, so 1 + 2 = 3.

Notice that any Number added to itself produces the same Number. 1 + 1 = 1;
2 + 2 = 2, 3 + 3 =
3, and so on.

Also notice that when different Simple Numbers are added together they
produce a Complex Number
with the same symbol that would have been produced had we used normal Math.
1 + 2 = 3; 1 + 4 =
5; 2 + 4 = 6; 1 + 2 + 4 = 7, and so on.

Subtraction:
Subtraction reverses Addition: 3 - 2 = 1; 3 - 1 = 2; 7 - 4 = 3; 7 - 3 = 4,
and so on.

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