From: Philip Jonkers (email@example.com)
Date: Thu 24 Oct 2002 - 04:29:41 GMT
> Words are not memes themselves because they can mean anything depending on
> the circumstances in which they are received. They carry information but
> not the information being carried. The meanings they carry are arbitrary
> any word can stand for anything. For example:
> I am a man.
> I am A man.
> I am a MAN
> I AM a man.
> The mere shift in emphasis changes the sentence above so it transmits
> different meanings. The first emphasizes the word "I" and that points to
> is a man. The second emphasizes the word "A" and points to the fact that
> speaker is one of many men. The third emphasizes the word "man" and points
> to the idea of manliness as part of the speaker's essence. The fourth,
> emphasizes the word "am" and is used to confirm that the speaker is indeed
Okay, the sentences by way of different articulation carry different and
separate meanings. So each sentence could pass for a separate meme.
But the separate words still carry the same meaning, it is the shift
of emphasis that adds a unique semantic flavor to it. So each word,
having a unique conceptual meaning and which obviously can be replicated,
are memes in their own right still. I acknowledge, however, that some words
can have more than one meaning depending on the relevant context but that
doesn't change the fact that those words have stand-alone meaning and thus
are separate memetic carriers of information. You can experience this
yourself by teaching a new word
to a 5-year old.
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