Re: MemeticsFlowers.Org and mailing list

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    >From: "Scott Chase" <>
    >Subject: Re: MemeticsFlowers.Org and mailing list
    >Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 09:30:14 -0500
    >>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
    >>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
    >>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
    >>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.
    Giving this "memetic flower" thing a little longer to settle in, I can't
    shke this image of people returning to a hive to perform round or waggle
    dances after they've found some memetic flowers :-)

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