Re: memetics-digest V1 #1370

From: rhiggins7 (
Date: Sun 08 Jun 2003 - 08:23:56 GMT

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    > Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 08:56:45 -0400
    > From: Keith Henson <>
    > Subject: Re: Watches & Necklaces
    > >
    > A meme that forbids human reproduction (Shakers) dies out unless it can
    > parasitically recruit new members to the meme.

    I suspect the Shakers did not die out due to lack of biological reproduction. Several other organizations survive without reproduction (most notably the Roman Catholic clergy) and they have maintained their numbers for centuries. It seems that had the Shakers maintain some level of popularity (i.e. maintained virulence) and maintained some recruiting infrastructure (was properly disseminated) there is no reason why a relatively large population could have been maintained. Obviously something changed either internally or externally to cause them to stop recruiting and die out.

    Ray Higgins If "Believing is See" then could it be that
          for each of us "Believing is being"

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