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>Looking at the way large numbers of memes interact
>with other memes would seem to be the classic
>conditions for the appearance of emergent phenomenon.
>In fact I would think that a culture is an emergent
>property of memes. It would explain why one can still
>meaningfully talk of cultures without a reference to
>mimetics at all.
I am reading Frans DeWaal's book "Good Natured" in which he talks
about "Community Concern".
"Inasmuch as every member benefits from a unified cooperative group,
one expects them to care about the society they live in and make an
effort to improve and strengthen it, similar to the way the spider
repairs her web and the beaver maintains the integrity of his dam.
Continued infighting, particularly at the top of the hierarchy , may
damage everyone's interests; hence the settlement of conflict is not
just a matter of the parties involved, it concerns the community as a
I think that community concern and the emergent properties of culture
coincide: both of them may contain elements which are for the group's
good, but not necessarily the individual's good.
In that case, it may be that on some level at least, memes are not
competing on an individual level, but on a
community/society/civilization level. Which leads to the whole clash
of civilizations scenario.
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