Re: Thesis: Memes are DNA-Slaves

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    > > Exactly! You and I seem to be on the same level here...
    > > The medium not only has to have some criterion on which memes to
    > > adopt but also it should be motivated, in general, to adopt
    > > memes in the first place!

    > I would like to add a little, tiny thing to that.
    > The medium, whatever that might be, should not only motivated to
    > adopt memes, but it should be also at the " right place in time " !!

    Hi Kenneth,

    Fair enough.
    Though memetic is less blind than bioligical in the sense
    that it can be controlled to some degree, memes are a product
    of human creativity after all, it can be that memes showing
    up today are more useful tomorrow. Such as the anti-terrorism
    inventions done prior to 11-Sept now come in awfully handy.
    Although the event of 11-Sept is likely to ignite a tremendous
    memetic boost towards developing more anti-terror memes.
    In response, terror-memes will tend to be subjected to
    evolutionary boosts too, triggering development of more
    anti-terror memes. And so on....
    > Thinking like this, I assume that we can say that every meme of the
    > now
    > is also, in essence a meme of the future !?

    Only if it's successful enough, yes... unsuccessful ones will be supplanted
    by more successful ones, it's a law of evolution.

    > Assuming of course that every memetic lineage is never finished,
     that it
    > always evolves further ( new meanings are added, new effects are
    > sorted
    > out,...) No !?

    Evolution knows no limits as long as there are resources and as long as
    they are finite in a sense that offer can't keep up with demand.


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