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A Cosmic Battle: Rational vs Irrational Memes

  • The history of civilization is not a smooth flow of memes but an endless conflict between two categories of memes.
  • Rational memes have been subjected to scientific scrutiny and reputed "good" ideas for understanding the world, organizing society, etc.
  • Rational memes spread from educated mind to educated mind and constantly theeducated minds impose those memes onto the minds of the young generations that they are educating. You have to study them in order to understand the world.
  • Irrational memes are memes that spread not because of their "scientific" merit but because of marketing pressures, peer pressure, superstition, dogmas, etc. You have to study the world in order to understand them.