RE: virus: "Confuse word with thing"

Richard Brodie (
Sun, 21 Mar 1999 19:59:38 -0800

Chris Turner wrote:

<<I don't think the 'cognitive model' cognitive model, with the
symbiosis of critical thinking and tolerance that its logic implies, has been
popularized sufficiently as a meme. My perception is that, in this regard, the masses still view the world as 'flat'.>>

Dead on. Of course if they would just read my books...

<<(I would be very interested to know what purpose I come across, e.g. to
yourself, as having, strictly for feedback purposes of evaluating my own 'approach'. :)>>

Wanting to make a name for yourself as the inventor of a good theory.

<<I have in mind a meme which views the human being as a "Reaction Machine",
lack of a more accurately evocative term, and for which the subject post is the basis of a thesis. I intend that this meme will consolidate various contemporary scientific models into a new 'cognitive model' of man for himself that will be 'popularly' accessible (or 'user friendly'), and which will serve to better integrate the human complex adaptive system, both individual and social, toward the maximization of its systemic well-being. I would greatly appreciate any collaboration from any interested parties in clarifying my still somewhat vague notions of precisely what that 'systemic well-being' might entail, and the further development of this meme.>>

Well, it worked for L. Ron Hubbard. Your idea is frighteningly similar to Dianetics and Scientology.

Of course, I'm sure yours will be a NICE mind virus.

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