Re: MemeticsFlowers.Org and mailing list

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    >From: "Douglas P. Wilson" <>
    >Subject: MemeticsFlowers.Org and mailing list
    >Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 03:21:51 -0800
    >The new domain name MemeticFlowers.Org has been registered and a temporary
    >home page for it has been created at
    >www.SocialTechnology.Org/MemeticFlowers.html with a mailing list at :
    >As ordinary flowers are the reproductive or sex organs of angiosperm
    >memetic flowers are reproductive organs for memetic organisms. This site
    >and mailing list are intended to support the creation of software for
    >rapidly creating web pages and a mailing list to propagate ideas and other
    >memes, meme-complexes, or memetic organisms.
    >If you can produce a two word description or name for an idea you want to
    >propagate, like Social Technology, memetic propagation software (a kind of
    >Memetic Flower) should be able to create a web page, perhaps with a name
    >consisting of the concatenated words, like www.SocialTechnology.Org
    >containing a lot of standard default pieces of mechanism like guest books,
    >together with a mailing list for participants, all in support of that idea,
    >and it could do so in seconds.
    >The site and mailing list will also support discussion of the fundamental
    >idea of Memetic Flowers, which is much broader than this message suggests.
    >Here is the description paragraph for the MemeticFlowers mailing list (see
    >subscription form at,
    >MemeticFlowers.Org, is an organisation and website for the creation and
    >application of open-source software and HTML templates for use in setting
    >websites which may be attractive reproductive organs for memetic organisms.
    >This website and the Memetic Flowers mailing list will also be used for
    >theoretical and pragmatic discussions of memetic flowers, so long as
    >excessive discussion does not interfere with the actual software
    >work to be done. If that happens the discussion will be moved elsewhere.
    >Flowers, of course, are the reproductive organs of angiosperm plants, and
    >this word can be used by analogy to mean the reproductive organs of
    >meme-complexes or memetic organisms.
    >Memes, of course, are the information or software analogues of genes, as
    >first described by Richard Dawkins in his excellent book The Selfish Gene.
    >This is the same analogy that exists between computer viruses and ordinary
    >genetic viruses such as the AIDS or common cold viruses.
    >We could surely find a less poetic but probably more accurate name for
    >memetic flowers, but to do so would be to ignore the reproductive potential
    >of catchy names.
    >A sister site with a related idea which links to MemeticFlowers.Org is
    You're a little premature. April 1st (A.F.D.) is next Monday.

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