RE: virus: Scientists and Philosophers

Richard Brodie (
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 16:04:20 -0800

Norene wrote:

<<Were you just challenging me to check out some research before I threw
around ideas? I'll file that meme with the others.>>

I don't think you are remembering the conversation accurately. I would never say that emotional response was not important for learning. I did say that love of the subject, while wonderful, is rare and not necessary for learning. In fact, we learn all kinds of irrelevant and harmful things all the time without loving them.

<< So do I have to live
in this kind of witty state of self-consciousness, always one step removed from what I'm really thinking in order to understand what I'm really thinking and why I'm thinking it? You tell me. >>

No, you don't have to.

Richard Brodie Author, "Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme" Free newsletter! Visit Meme Central at