Re: electric meme bombs

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Thu 31 Oct 2002 - 05:47:03 GMT

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    On Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at 11:30 , Grant Callaghan wrote:

    > That was the meme, at least in my definition of the term.

    I should, perhaps, stick to that gun, and use beme at all times. First, because it is a shortening of 'behavior-only meme', and, brevity is the soul of wit, as they say. Second, because then those who are invested in
    'meme' being somewhere or something else can stay pat. (Not that I really want them to stay pat, whether or not the light is better over there....) But, mostly, I think, because it is a nice little word that says something, seems to me to be more active a word than 'meme', and thus fits more poetically, and I like poetry.

    So, joining, in another sense, with this cadre, a beme can also be said to be the behavioral expression of a meme- allowing whatever processes anyone wants to imagine in the memetic brain, along with whatever repositories of memes happens there, in whatever varieties of memory.

    The bemetic stance would say that bemes are the valued analytical entities we need not only for data, but that culture needs for continuation and change. It admits of intention and accident, purpose and faux pas, directed and aleatory events. While it is not as forgiving as other stances of additional entities and processes in the brain, it neither rejects nor demands their existence, and would be elated at any advances in cognitive understanding.

    So, I guess I see it as fitting in, comfortably, part of the family, if we need a family....

    - Wade

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