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 Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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