Re: virus: The Meme Machine

Robin Faichney (
Thu, 1 Apr 1999 08:38:02 +0100

In message <>, Dave Pape <> writes
>Has anyone read this yet? Not astonishingly deep science, but I liked it
>tribally because she's a no-free-willer and even a no-level-3er. Wahey,
>maybe this is the British school. Robin, she's also coming from the
>buddhist angle of illusory self, have you had a look at the book yet?

Yup. Like Dawkins says, I think this is memetics' best shot, by a long way. On the other hand, the fact she's a bit level-2-bound is a minus for me. E.g., she sees very clearly that "self" is a memeplex, but doesn't seem to realise that's equally true for consciousness and matter -- she talks about "the physical self" as if that would remain once all memes had been discounted. On the other hand, of course, if she had gotten all that right, there would have been nothing left for me to do! :-)