Re: Mini case study of memetic mutation

From: Bill Spight (
Date: Thu 07 Nov 2002 - 15:53:05 GMT

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    Dear Richard,

    > So you're saying that all memes are mental information, but not all mental
    > information is an idea?

    Information is another dicey concept. Even in science, it means different things in communaction theory, in physics, and in biology, and there are more than 3 definitions, too. ;-) In a sense, anything that can be described can be said to have mental information. I think we need to be more precise.

    I have held the idea that memes are neither internal nor external, neither mental nor behavioral, but protean, taking on different forms. I am beginning to think that it is better to conceive of memes as structures. According to one sense of information, a structure is information. Then if memes are structures, they are information. I see no need to talk about mental information. :-)



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