virus: Virian Saints

Joe E. Dees (
Thu, 24 Jun 1999 15:24:39 -0500

I nominate Shannon & Weaver (who pioneered information theory), Von Neumann for many reasons (game theory, theory of self-replicationg systems, etc.), Charles Turing (for his test), Charles Sanders Peirce, Ferdinand de Saussure and A. J. Greimas (who provided the structural underpinnings (semiotics) for the functional metaphor (memetics) - lesser lights include Louis Hjelmslev, Charles Morris, Thomas Sebeok, John Deely and Umberto Eco), and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, who described the root human situation of phenomenological ambiguity which permits the existence and appropriation of multiple stable but mutually exclusive memeplexes.

I also support the creation of a separate pantheon of fiction writers such as Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Herman Hesse, Stanislav Lem, Franz Kafka, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Anthony Burgess, Vladimir Nabokov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jose Luis Borges, John Barth, James Joyce, Jerzy Kosinski, Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Salman Rushdie, J. D. Salinger and Nikolai Gogol, as literary uncles (feel free to add to this list).