Journal of Memetics -
Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
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The Journal of memetics is a peer-reviewed academic journal. The
editors feel that a journal on memetics can be an important place for
scientists and professionals to discuss their views and research in
memetics. The first issue is scheduled for May 1997. The journal will
be published on the Internet without subscription fee.
Scope and Aims
The journal of memetics seeks to develop the memetic perspective, with
space devoted to relevant evolutionary issues and other related topics.
We seek to discuss issues concerning memetics such as:
- Mechanisms involved in evolutionary processes. Comparisons of
different models of evolution are especially welcome.
- Philosophical or theoretical issues concerning epistemology and
- Boundaries of the evolutionary approach
- Empirical research
- Fundamental approaches aiming at structuring the field of
memetics as a science
Like other journals, the journal of memetics will only publish papers
after they have been approved by peer-review. In order to organize this
we have an editorial board with reviewers, and an advisory board.
Susan Blackmore,Gary Cziko, Richard
Dawkins, Daniel Dennett,Liane Gabora, and David
- Michael Best,
Media Lab, MIT, USA.
- Gary Boyd;
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Edmonds (also publisher); Centre for Policy Modelling,
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
- David Hales,
(Co-Managing Editor); Centre for Policy Modelling, Manchester
Metropolitan University, UK.
Heylighen; Senior Research Associate for the Belgian
National Fund for Scientific Research (NFWO), Associate Director Center
"Leo Apostel" at the Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium.
- Paul Marsden,
- Martin de Jong,
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of
- Mark Mills;
Computer Consultant, Veridion, Dallas Texas.
- Aaron Lynch.Thought
Contagion Analyst, Evanston, Illinois.
- Hans-Cees Speel
Department of Policy Analysis, Delft University of Technology, The
Vaneechoutte; Department of Microbiology, University
Hospital, Ghent, Belgium.
Onar Aam, Derek Gatherer, Sigrid Glenn, Todd Grantham, Christopher
Horvath, George Modelski, Edward Morris, John Nightingale, Martti
Nyman, If Price, John Wilkins, Tony Witten and many others.
The need for a journal
In 1976, Dawkins invented the word `meme,' defining it as `the new
replicator', 'a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation' . The initial description of `meme' by
Dawkins is rather vague, as he admits himself , which is a possible reason for
current diverging views on what a meme really is, and how the memetic
model can be used. We are confronted with an avalanche of books,
essays, and publications scattered over different journals and
disciplines, with dialogue flashing up here and there in an unstructured
manner. Many dialogues disappear after only a brief lifespan. This chaos
exists because a general framework is lacking.
The journal of memetics is meant to solve the above mentioned
- It offers a forum where theories and the philosophy of memes and
evolution are in the centre, not just at the edge of the issues
journals want to cover. Many scientists would benefit by such a focused
and lasting dialogue. This can lead to a more rigorous connection of
memetics with established theories, with clarifications as to what
memetics can contribute to science, and what it cannot. It enables the
construction of a common evolutionary memetic framework, including
views on how to compare different evolutionary views.
- The scientific method of peer review can serve as a filter. A
board composed of editors coming from different disciplines can assist
a broad range of authors, and select the most interesting contributions
with an emphasis on scientific quality.
- The journal of memetics offers the possibility for an
interdisciplinary approach, which is needed to yield the full range of
possibilities memetics offers. On one hand the confrontation of
evolutionary models from different disciplines will clarify pitfalls
caused by looking at evolution in only one discipline. Moreover, the
development of a common language and terminology may be stimulating and
enable workers from different disciplines to discover more readily
possible analogies between phenomena in their field of interest and
other fields of research. It should be stressed that, according to our
point of view, the only way to develop memetics into a solid science is
through interdisciplinary collaboration.
About the Title
The memetic view provides a powerful framework to compare and connect
what appears at first sight to be very different processes in different
disciplines. Since the editors feel that memetics may prove to be
useful and clarifying, we decided - after thorough discussion - on
naming this journal the `Journal of Memetics', complying with the hope
of Hofstadter that this field of
inquiry should be called memetics. Because of the current vagueness of
the concept meme, a subtitle of the Journal was needed. `Evolutionary
Models of Information Transmission', briefly EMIT, was selected by the
editors as the most informative summary with regard to the field of
interest to be covered by the journal. This subtitle expresses our view
that memetics is connected to the broader paradigm of evolutionary
studies in human, computer and biological sciences.
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