[Humanist] 29.479 intoxicants

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun Nov 15 16:26:30 CET 2015

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 479.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 11:14:19 +0000
        From: Gabriele Civiliene <gabrielemucho at gmail.com>
        Subject: re intoxicants

Dear Willard,

Perhaps revisiting the biological metaphors of religion and language as
virus as found in Richard Dawkins' essay Viruses of the Mind and William S.
Burroughs' The Electronic Revolution will be enlightening. And Dawkins'
theory of memetics which again envisages  information being spread like
some virus. Then semantics scholar Alfred Korzybski, who had influence on
Burroughs,  gets to the bottom of writing as technology which makes humans
'time-binding machines'. His theory brims with analogies from engineering
and mathematics.




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