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Re: The Conspiracy Meme

From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:59:05 -0500
Archived: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 05:43:50 -0500
Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Meme


>From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:13:59 -0000
>Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Meme

>>Source: CSICOP.Org

>>http://www.csicop.org/si/show/the_conspiracy_meme/

>>January 2011

>>The Conspiracy Meme
>>By Ted Goertzel

><snip>

>It is useful to think of conspiracy theorizing as a meme, a
>cultural invention that passes from one mind to another and
>thrives, or declines, through a process analogous to genetic
>selection (Dawkins 1976).

I believe this definition of a "Meme" is too narrow. I'm not an
expert, but I believe that a "Meme" represents a 'concept', and
not an 'invention', which seems to imply that some sort of
'thing' is passed from one generation to the next. It is more of
a non-verbal transmission of a concept, such as images of the
'Devil' or the 'Swastika', which have taken on meanings that are
understood by different cultures with different backgrounds.

IOW, the concept (or meme) is part of the psychology of the
society, and not a conscious thought being passed along. Even
Spock, on Star Trek, was almost cut from the original show
because his pointed ears were too much like the meme of the
devil, but thankfully Gene Rodenberry won the argument.

I have not read the article in question, but for CISCOP to come
up with a psychological reason for those who don't trust
authority is a bit self-serving, IMO.


Steve




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