Re: virus: Re: meme pairs
Mon, 28 Oct 1996 13:54:21 -0600 (CST)

On Fri, 25 Oct 1996, David Leeper wrote:

> Santo,
> 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
> >length...
> 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
> cheese.
> 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.

The above is sarcasm, right?

Unless Bertrand Russell's math dated from after now [1996], he didn't
have a way to to translate both of the natural-english terms "moon" and
"Green cheese" into a form which would allow such manipulation to be
translated back into that sentence.

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd