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December 21, 2006

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You have told right sentences. Problem that you have raised is real. The virus exists.
But You would have to get attention. Virus exists on the opposite side too.
We have to keep our mind free of any meme and don't negate beforehand religious stuffs.
The truth is relative and we can get it by each spot.

I wish that in a couple of years, I could be a fly on the wall in the Hines hearth; your grandchild will be about 2.5 years old, then.

What joy it would be to have a glimpse of Grandpa Brian cradling his grandchild and recounting the story about the Great Christmas Virus. It warms my heart. :-)

So now you will only accept certain metaphors for processing this complicated life of spirit?

It is convenient to forget evolution and blame the victim: It is my fault if I contract a virus, or a meme. How I behave in my illness, or my suffusion of brain processes, must be a result of poor choices and actions.

"If you are the victim of one, the chances are that you won’t know it, and may even vigorously deny it.” Like being a witch! See the Maleus Malefactum.

I think that the metaphor of memes as genes and/or viruses is full of holes. Pattern analysis is part of biological operation. If viruses are not attacks on the human system, but evolutionary adjustments, (because everything belongs here,) similarity in pattern processing across genetic groups is necessary as well.

Here's Laurie Anderson again: there is the 1986 song "Language Is a Virus."

"Language is a virus from outerspace, and that's why hearing your name is better than seeing your face."

I do not accept the meme of memes. At least until having an opinion is rightfully regarded as memetic behavior. Sorry, but the definition has to be universally applied.

Brian,
Thank you for sharing with us the true meming of Christmas.

Blessed be. Namaste in '07.

Brian,

Being a Christian, I always look forward to this time of year. Then I read your post. At first, I was taken aback by the idea that Christianity is merely a meme, but the bold, trustworthy words from such an insightful thinker as Dawkins forced me to ponder the possibilities...

So, I did some online research and was amazed by what I found. There is a wide gamut of opinions as to who Jesus was. Even more surprising, I found there are educated people who believe Jesus the person never even existed. [The gospels were written decades after Jesus was crucified and the other historical records such as Josephus' were altered by over-zealous monks who were only serving the Supreme Meme(TM)]

But the most shocking revelation of all is that within the Christian community there is a faceless (as far as we know), hidden, shadow-like cadre who not only prescribe which actions the president should take, they also control the media. They even go so far as to utilize back-masking techniques to further spread The Meme. Here's proof:
http://www.conspiracycarols.com/?userid=3f125507dc2de5d59223dcd_20061222

Season's Greetings!

Catholic school cured, or innoculated me, but it doesn't work for everyone.

Is thinking for oneself a meme?

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