Memeplexes resemble grativational attractors
In his short story titled “Stable Orbits in the Space of Lies”, Greg Egan draws a superb analogy between belief internalization and gravitational attractors. Essentially, he argues that each ideology, each mutually-reinforcing belief structure, each memeplex, is akin to a massive celestial object in space. Once ideologically close to a memeplex, it’s difficult to rationalize your way out. What’s more, memetic protectionism might be an attractor in its own right, due to the stable orbit which underlies it.