meme as catalytic indexical

From: Diego Remus (
Date: Mon 19 Jan 2004 - 19:48:40 GMT

  • Next message: Keith Henson: "Re: meme as catalytic indexical"

    I like to read this abstract. The paper must be fine. But I dare saying it's not exactly the first time the meme is considered catalyctic. I remember having already talked and written this way before, maybe I had also read it in (edgey) essays about edge consciousness. At all, I think it uses to be a present idea to many extra-academic thinkers.
      At all, I mean there's plenty of time I use the idea of catalysis.I just didn't have the balls to propose the method for the assertation and I'm glad this guy has done the hard work.
      Well, let me read it, then.

    Bruce Edmonds <> wrote: The Redefinition of Memes: Ascribing Meaning to an Empty Cliché by Michael R. Lissack

    Abstract 1 Introduction 2 Memes as Indexicals 2.1 Efficiency 2.2 Frames 2.3 Boundaries 3 Mechanisms 3.1 Gloms versus Indexicals 3.2 Multiplicity of Meanings 3.3 Conceptual Slippage 3.4 Least-Action Principle 4 Implications Notes References


    By redefining memes as efficient tools for evoking particular affordances to be attended to in situ, this article argues that the challenges Edmonds (2002) issued to memetics can be met. Such a definition is consistent with theories of niche construction. The indexical Dawkins created (meme=gene) has exceeded its carrying capacity and thus lost its efficacy. Worse, that indexical is evoking images and affordances which stand in the way of the memetics field making true progress. It is time to recognize that ontic status has been misplaced. Memes needs a new meme: meme as catalytic indexical.

    Available at:

    This article has been republished by permission from Emergence
    ( A Journal of Complexity Issues in Organization and Management Vol. 5 No. 3 pgs 48-65.

    Diego Remus Mediast Brazil 51 9157 7974

    --------------------------------- Yahoo! GeoCities: a maneira mais fácil de criar seu web site grátis!

    =============================================================== This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission For information about the journal and the list (e.g. unsubscribing) see:

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.5 : Mon 19 Jan 2004 - 20:00:27 GMT