[ExI] Terrorist? Who can tell?

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 9 20:14:45 UTC 2008

On Tue, Sep 9, 2008 at 2:02 PM, Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> This assertion seems to me poorly phrased or maybe conceptualized. It's a
> bit like saying "Music is a xenophobic meme that evolved to bind bands of
> cousins together and arouse their bloodlust when they went out to kill other
> bands." Or "Language is a xenophobic meme that evolved to let bands of
> cousins communicate more efficiently when they went out to kill neighbors."
> That is surely a subset of what religion, music and language do, and one of
> the drivers for their retention. But all these behaviors and tropisms also
> and more importantly sustain bonding between unrelated peoples and between
> individuals and their ecological setting that is quite independent of
> warlike uses. To put it mildly.

xenophobic memes are evolved to let meme-ologists band together when
they go on mailing lists to kill ...uh... neighbor memes?

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