Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Thoughts Not in My Control

To quote the Wikipedia,
"Memeticists argue that the memes most beneficial to their hosts will not necessarily survive; rather, those memes that replicate the most effectively spread best, which allows for the possibility that successful memes may prove detrimental to their hosts."
i.e Ideas have a life of there own and we can be infected by thoughts that will do us harm. But don't panic there is a solution, find a better idea.
Dan Dennet gives a interesting and thoughtful 15 minute talk about memetics at TED.