Re: virus: The Meme Machine

Robin Faichney (
Tue, 23 Mar 1999 16:10:36 +0000

In message <v02140b06b31cb4f43d36@[]>, Reed Konsler <> writes
>>Date: Fri, 19 Mar 1999 19:13:36 +0000
>>From: Robin Faichney <>
>>Subject: Re: virus: 'The Meme Machine' by Susan Blackmore
>>Anyone else started reading the book yet?
>>- --
>Great book. Don't like the ending, myself...but I still
>have to think about it some more.

Haven't gotten that far yet -- though I'm fairly familiar with her ideas re meditation as meme control already. I'm just past "our brains got this big to suit memes, not genes", and now dealing with "language developed to suit memes, not genes". Fascinating stuff!

>What I really like
>is that she pushes the theory straight to the existential
>precipice and then goes right over. It reminds
>me of that old movie "The Black Hole" in which you hear
>the mad genius Dr. Reinhardt fervently shouting:
>"In, through, and beyond!"
>Can she cross that divide? I can't say yet. She's smart
>enough. The question is, is she mad enough?

I think she's just about exactly the right sort of mad.