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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 11:22 PM
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48. I think you don't understand the analogy.
Religion, or a group of ideas if you like, is not like a group of people. It's not even like a gene. In the analogy of the meme, religion is like a disease that people have a genetic predisposition for.

Go back to my post and read again about sickle-cell anemia. It is an unfortunate disease, but it comes as a side effect of a gene that gives the sufferer a resistance to malaria. We don't try to fight the disease genetically, but we still do what we can to combat and eradicate it through other medical methods. The same thing goes for other types of diseases for which people have a genetic predisposition. Heart disease, diabetes, and so on are fought everyday, and cures are sought worldwide.

A meme, or at least a negative and damaging meme, is just like one of these diseases. There are ways to combat it without resorting to whatever the social equivalent of eugenics would be, and those ways should be pursued.

BTW: The fact that you jump from an analogy that is merely an attempt to explain memetic theory to the idea of eugenics is...frightening.
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