RE: virus: Kow?

Richard Brodie (
Sun, 30 May 1999 23:00:33 -0700

Tim wrote:

<<There's that interpretation thingy again. I WAS NEVER TALKING ABOUT THE
WINOS! I was taking abou the businesses on 2nd & 4th, their owners and their patrons. Not about the unwashed on Western waiting for day labor outside the Millionares Club. (bless them)

Out of curiosity, how long did you live in Belltown without knowing about the Elvis room at Mama's Mexican Kitchen?>>

Well I just don't get your point. What I thought you were saying originally was that I should consider hanging out with people who didn't have any results that I wanted to model because there were interesting or important things to be learned from them. I'm not sure what you expect me to gain from eating Mexican food except weight. ;-)

<<And yes, Richard, so you know, I have spent lots of time with people who
unfortunately eventually went on to commit suicide--in fact, I gave you book by one of them. (One whose favorite haunt used to be, quite literally, right across the street from you.)>>

That is certainly not a behavior that I wish to model, and I hope the same is true for you. I appreciated the gift.

I wish I could give my blessing to your philosophy that there is no harm in exposing yourself indiscriminately to maladaptive thoughts and behaviors, but it is a fundamental principle of cognitive psychology and memetics that that is not the case.

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