Sunday, November 07, 2004

Favourite Oxymorons

Act naturally, Found missing, Alone together, Small crowd, Pretty ugly, plastic glasses, "Now, then...," Exact estimate, Terribly pleased, Resident alien, New classic, Same difference, Twelve-ounce pound cake, Temporary tax increase, Peace force

favourite words

Defined as the act of estimating as worthless, its usage has been recorded as far back as 1741. In recent times its usage has been recorded in the proceedings of the United States Senate by Senator Jesse Helms, and at the White House by Bill Clinton's press secretary Mike McCurry. It is the longest non-technical word in the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
A movement opposed to the separation of church and state.

Religion is a "memetic virus?"
Quote about memetics and religion:
"Memetic virus exchange? - A controversial application of this "selfish meme" parallel is the idea that certain collections of memes can act as "memetic viruses": collections of ideas that behave like independent life forms, and continue to get passed on even at the expense of their hosts simply because they are good at getting passed on."

Suprisingly, there is a parallel to the modern mem concept in Sufi religion, called "Muwakkals," which are considered to be independant beings."

"There is a tendency in memetics to disparage the religious meme."

"Memetics can currently be regarded as either a field of sociology, or a protoscience in its own right."