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

David McFadzean (
Wed, 11 Dec 1996 21:36:10 -0700

> From: Dave Pape <>
> Date: Wednesday, December 11, 1996 4:59 PM

> My faith in the power of memes is total. I think that evolving
> idea-structures, memes and intracranial ideas-structures (I'd still like
> be able to call ideas interacting within my own head memes) control 100%
> the behaviours and decisions that people make.

I think your claim is too strong. Memes don't control 100% of our
behaviour as this thought experiment will illustrate: Let's say I
throw you out of a flying plane with no parachute. If you fall, then
that behaviour is contingent on physics. If you scream, it is
genetic (no-one has to teach you how to scream). If you pray, however,
that is memetically-driven behaviour.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus