Re: Words and Memes

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Date: Mon Feb 18 2002 - 00:48:32 GMT

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    [I don't know who wrote this-]

    >> It is the structure that allows self-dissemination and self-defense
    >> that makes a thing a meme, not the thing itself.

    But I don't think I'm being absurdly reductionist when I declare that
    the structure of something _is_ the thing itself.

    What else is there? Intent? The structure is the level of expression of
    the intent. The structure is the thing itself.

    Regardless of how much brainsmoke there is, the meme [performed] is the
    thing itself.

    As to the memetic processes that preceded this performance, they are
    products of evolution and part of our genetic and developmental makeup,
    not the thing [meme] itself.

    (As well as getting us to the point where minds emerge.)

    - Wade

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