From: Lawrence DeBivort (email@example.com)
Date: Tue 27 Jan 2004 - 17:43:27 GMT
Thanks for the reference to Bruce's challenges. He says:
"For this reason I am challenging the memetic community of academics to
achieve the following three tasks of different types:
 "-- a conclusive case-study;
 "-- a theory for when memetic models are appropriate;
 "-- and a simulation of the emergence of a memetic process."
 There is at least one 'conclusive' case study that has just been
completed. The PI is considering now how to publish the results. Your
suggestions on journals would be, I'm sure, welcome. The study used
traditional scientific methodology: before and after observation, quantified
measures, control groups, etc.
 Our working theory is that memetic models (models of memetic
dissemination) are appropriate in any instance where the creational and
dissemination of ideas and models of behavior is of interest. We are not
paying attention to what happens neurologically, though we do use models of
human cognition that we have developed to probe what makes memes work and
not work, and to predict dissemination and resistance to counter-memes.
 If this means a simulation of the dissemination of memes, then our sense
is that agent-based modeling may be the most useful on a micro-level. Our
work to date on this is focused on using Systems Dynamics (Stella) to probe
dissemination (along the traditional lines pioneered by the field of
Technology Assessment in the 70s) to understand the causes of and
constraints on the spread of memes at a sociological level.
I hope this helps in tackling Bruce's challenges, which I find well
formulated and important.
Lawrence de Bivort
The Memetics Group
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