RE: virus: Levels

Richard Brodie (
Tue, 16 Feb 1999 13:35:40 -0800


First of all I want you to know that I like you. I appreciate your willingness to show yourself honestly in front of the group. Thank you.

Now a poke at you.

How many minutes does your philosophy of rational criticism allow you to consider something before deciding that it is worthless? If it's not limited to a few then I would encourage you to chew on what Reed said for a week or so and see if you can make some sense of it.

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

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Jake: incomprehensibility error.

In a message dated 2/16/99 11:56:34 AM Central Standard Time, writes:

<< Being a slave to <reason> leads inevitably to delusion.>>

The meaning that you find in these words, if any, is most certainly one that we will never share. You must share a different understanding of what some or all of the words "slave", "reason", "inevitable", and "delusion", mean than any that I am familiar with. Or if this is idiom, or metaphor, it isn't
one that I "get". This sentence came through as complete gibberish to me. It
is possible that I don't really even care to know what it means to you, but I
thought it would be polite to at least let you know that you made no sense.

Perhaps you are expressing some personal anguish that you have had in the past, in dealing with your own justificational system? I dunno. Doesn't compute. Perhaps just more bullshitty mystical talk.