RE: virus: pale religious lechery

Richard Brodie (
Wed, 10 Mar 1999 14:38:43 -0800

I suggest the word "position" for a belief adopted because of its utility.

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From: []On Behalf Of David McFadzean
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At 04:14 PM 3/9/99 -0800, Eva-Lise Carlstrom wrote:

>"I consider it well-supported by evidence that..."
>"I find it useful to believe that..."

I don't think the phrases will have the intended effect. How far would the <meme> meme have gone if Dawkins hadn't bothered to create a new word for it (as opposed to, say, "unit of cultural selection")?

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus