From: Jeremy Bradley (email@example.com)
Date: Sat 26 Oct 2002 - 05:10:44 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. People
>who hear that transmission will either pass it along, let it die, or store
>it away for future use some day.
I agree Grant. 'Couch potato' is a concept which encapsulates triggers for
binary judgements to be made on a range of presonalised memes. Is this
what is meant by a memeplex?
>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 four
This is what linguists refer to as 'horizontal and vertical sense making'
>Things we craft with our hands or mouths are artifacts.
>What they communicate is something going on in the mind of the craftsman.
>So the sentence, "I know a meme when I see one." is a lie. You can't see
>one. You can only perceive the artifact that carries it. You only
>recognize the artifact as a meme carrying sentence after a number of people
>have started using it in their own communications. But the message or
>information it carries can be completely different for each person each time
>it is used. So where is the meme?
These are good points Grant. I also think that a copied behaviour is an artefact, that the process of behaviour acquisition by copying is a method of transference called 'mimesis', that the notion that the behaviour will have an effect in the copier's world is judged to be good or bad by filtering through a personalised set of previously internalised memes and that it is only the idea (accepted or rejected) that should be called a meme. Jeremy
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