Re: Thesis: Memes are DNA-Slaves

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    > Just for completeness' sake: what if memes move house from
    > the human brain to a meme-processing medium which can warrant
    > higher fecundity, frequency and fidelity. If such a medium
    > would emerge, memetic evolution would be faster and more profound
    > with this medium. Consequently, evolutionary pressures would
    > favor the latter medium. That is, the human brain would be
    > outclassed by this better meme-juggling entity.

    it's not the question of the medium. the point is, who selects memes?
    if a machine would be developed which allowed fast spreading of memes
    how should it select which ones should survive and which not? this
    machine would need some rule to decide which memes are 'fit'. if this
    rule wouldn't affect the machine itself okay. if there would be
    another machine which has a rule so that the memes which survive help
    the machine to survive or even help the machine to get rid of the
    other machine which follows other rules it would win over the other
    machine and finally there would be only the type of machine who has
    the rule to select memes which help its kind to survive.

    now let's assume 1000 different types of meme-handling machines
    survived. together they form a set of rules. they create a culture.
    in this culture each single machine is allowed to follow his personal
    rules but the less accepted a personal rule is in the cultural
    rule-set the less he will be allowed to follow this and the harder it
    will be for this machine to function and to survive. some machine's
    personal rules will be close to the cultural set of rules and they
    can perform on their full potential. most won't. if too many machines
    can't use a high enough percentage of their rules they will group
    together and will try to change the set of rules, so that they can
    use their personal rules in this new culture to survive.

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