Re: virus: Critical Mass of Enlightenment

David McFadzean (
Mon, 12 Apr 1999 19:17:03 -0600

From: TheHermit <>
Sent: Sunday, April 11, 1999 10:42 PM

> The "Critical Mass of Enlightenment", sometimes known as the "Hundredth
> Monkey" phenomenon, and also sometimes known by the more scientific
> sounding, but equally bunkum term "morphic resonance" invented by Rupert
> Sheldrake, is far from being a new idea.

To play Devil's advocate for a moment, I'm not sure that the idea of critical mass is completely without merit when applied to memes. I'm not suggesting that there is anything mystical going on, but rather that social systems sometimes have positive feedback loops. How else does one explain Beanie Babies?