Re: virus: MEME UPDATE: To Censor Or Not?

Dave Pape (
Thu, 12 Dec 1996 01:03:40 GMT

At 17:14 11/12/96 -0000, you wrote:
>Matt Waggoner wrote:
>>I agree that memes do influence us, the way we act and think,
>>but to say that we have no free will whatsoever implies that we have no
>>soul. I'm sure you can see the problems inherent in adopting that
>>particular philosophy.
>>I know I don't like being told I have no soul.
>In what sense do you use the term "soul"? If you mean a spiritual entity
>that survives after death and all that, then I'm afraid you might be told
>the very thing you don't like being told quite often on this list.

Is anyone else into the concept of having a soul, some level of existence
more abstract than memes and ideas, which DOESN'T persist after death? I
think it's quite an appealing concept. People are networks of subatomic
units which by their interactions give rise to atoms, which in THEIR
interactions, give rise to molecules, which in THEIR interactions give rise
to cells, which in THEIR interactions give rise to bodies, which by their
interactions give rise to memes, so... maybe ideas interacting give rise to
yet higher levels of interacting units. Just thought I'd run tha up the
flagpole, see if anyone saluted.

Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose (The more things change, the more
it's a meme thing)

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