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> The question is why some memes are so successful at colonizing brains
> compared to other memes. What gives them their power? According to
> the morphic model, the more often an organic structure is replicated
> the more powerful its resonance becomes. If a whole lot of people
> think a particular style of clothing is cool, then other people are
> liable to feel that way as well. This would explain why some memes
> propagate so well regardless of any factors that make them somehow
> more "fit." The terrain of human consciousness is far different from
> the earth. In the real world you've got to be smart and resilient to
> survive. In the human world, even pet rocks are suitable for
> propagation if enough people think they're cool.
> On the other hand, pet rocks didn't last very long, did they?
> Btw, Sheldrake himself doesn't say much on memes except to point out
> that they don't exist atomistically. Instead they're arranged in
> nested hierarchies. So, for instance, the meme for a particular tune
> is nested within the meme for the pop star who sings it, which is
> nested within the meme for pop music in general. The meme for genetic
> determinism is nested within the meme for deterministic thinking in
> general, which is nested within the meme for nature-as-machine, which
> is nested within the meme for anthropomorphosis. That is, we tend to
> project ourselves onto nature. In modern times, this manifests in a
> projection of human technology onto nature. The idea that nature has
> a machine-like predictability has served to resurrect the ancient meme
> of "fate," which has since manifested in terms of genetics.
> Memes take on different guises over time in order to remain pleasing.
> In early modern times, the preformationism meme took the form of the
> homunculus, but as our understanding progressed, this meme had to
> transform into "genetic blueprints" in order to survive. This is
> where pet rocks failed.
> I've never tried to apply the morphic model to memes before. This
> effort is certainly better than the post I fired off last night under
> the heading "morphic memes." Definitely a work in progress.
According to the evolutionary model, useful memes enhanced the
reproductive success of those brains that were more permeable to
them at the same time that brains selected for more brain-
permeable useful memes; co-evolution, from both ends.
> Ted Dace
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