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jbartas
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:58 pm    Post subject: Memewars - great article by David Brin Reply with quote

Someone at None so Blind (a site full of thoughtful in-depth progressive thinking) pointed me to an article about the power of Memes to define human societys and drive wars.

David Brin has been one of my favorite SciFi writers for years, but I had no idea he was a political thinker or had a website. Derived from a 1989 speech, this artcle argues that Memes not only drive most wars, but that it's actually the Memes themselves that are warring. It sounds silly until you read his logic, but I now believe he is right.

The link:

http://www.davidbrin.com/newmemewar1.html
-JB-


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 3:14 am    Post subject: so quaintly optimistic! Reply with quote

I read the David Brin piece -- and it seems so quaintly optimistic....
The paranoia meme seems to be gaining ground....Or is it one of the other two? Sort of a combination of them.
I am afraid the tolerence meme has the seeds of its own destruction -- since we let the "other" in, and the Other seems to have a really dark and destructive meme going.

Postman is a great book. I never saw the movie though. The Practice Effect was interesting too.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, now that I've read some of None So Blind, I can see that i anticapated some of what he is saying.

Thanks for both of those sites! I liked both. Smile


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And, to return the favor, here is another thought-provoking site for you to look at -- Non-Trivial Pursuits:

http://nontrivialpursuits.org/

Especially read The Republican Nemesis. He's great on economics too.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That "guest" post above was from me.
--Kim Cooper

(it's letting me log in now, but I have to do it manually apparently.)


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