From: Scott Chase (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu 12 Jan 2006 - 05:00:42 GMT
>From: Keith Henson <email@example.com>
>Subject: Memetics/Evolutionary psychology reversal
>Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 11:55:15 -0500
>I recently tested memetics and evolutionary psychology with Google. Four
>years ago, there were twice as many hits on memetics as EP, now that has
>reversed to almost twice as many hits on EP as memetics.
>849,000 for "evolutionary psychology"
>475,000 for memetics
>It is also interesting, 22,200 for "evolutionary psychology" memetics
>and I am not responsible for *all* of them :-)
>18,600 for "evolutionary psychology" memetics -henson
Google hits are an index of usage, but how can things like redundancy be addressed? How many hits are unique versus copied across websites? My own experience has led me to believe that websites borrow extensively from each other to the point that a good many "hits" on a given keyword are carbon copies or at least cut and pastes from other sites.
Hits coming directly from our memetics discussion here often seem to be
mirrored at the "Church of Virus" site, which is redundant in a sense.
Redundancy in a system is good in some respects, since if one site goes down
temporarily or permanently its content will be accessible at another
location, although google does have the handy cache feature.
By way of comparison to your chosen terms "mneme semon" gets 575 hits,
"mneme meme" gets 763 and "noogenetics" gets an anemic 53. Yet popularity or number of hits doesn't necesarily reflect value. Plus if you notice I'm responsible for some of the hits on the terms I chose.
How could the usage of terms be evaluated for quality of source? Would a hit
on a prestigious research type site or government site be considered with
more weight than someone's informal homepage or blog site especially
someone's drunken Saturday night ramblings though serious scholars do have
Wiki sites and such can be good sources, if the author(s) know what they are
talking about, but I'm cautious about these sites myself, especially sans
corroboration. It seems that the isue of redundancy is important with wiki
and online "encyclopedia" sites.
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