I’ve been reading the 9/11 commission report over the last couple of weeks, and it has served as a reminder of the problems caused by religious fanaticism. I’ve also been reading some memetic analysis of Christian fundamentalism. For those of you who don’t know what memetics is, it is the study of the transmission and replication of ideas (memes). This has made me wonder what it is about certain ideas/memes that causes them to become viral. Where does one man’s speculation about the nature of the universe and how to act ethically within it turn it a religious movement that forces people to follow silly rules and convert or die? I don’t really have an answer to that, but it is going to be something that I am going to continue thinking about.