From: Philip Jonkers (email@example.com)
Date: Thu 24 Oct 2002 - 18:19:01 GMT
> <But "couch potato," in my opinion, is not a meme but an artifact.
> It encodes
> > an idea, along with a bunch of associated ideas, for transmission.
> > who hear that transmission will either pass it along, let it die, or
> > it away for future use some day.>
> But isn't that what people do with memes? Seems to me to be a
> pretty good description of artefact as meme to me.
> <I am a man.
> > I am A man.
> > I am a MAN
> > I AM a man.>
> The changes here might change their interpretation by people reading
> them, but they are not necessarily dramatically different enough to not
> them memes. (Could this be a linguistic equivalent to hair colour? Wild,
> speculation from the social scientist there... on the basis that hair
> in our species doesn't appear to play and substantive part in adaptive
> potential so it varies from person to person). Slight variations in text
> are fine as sufficient meaning can still be conveyed.
I do would call them memes for the same reason that alleles are genes
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