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> I've suggested before on the list that a meme, to be accepted by an
> individual, has to meet criteria that are, indeed, specific to the
> individual, and include the individual's key beliefs and hierarchy of
> values. While there are several ways that a meme can be crafted that will
> enable it to be effective with large and unspecified groups of people, the
> basic reality is that meme-acceptance is individualistic.
I think the basic notion here is that two people can never have the same
idea (/meme), except superficially, because a 'copy' is just a surface
copy, consisting of different components (those available in a specific
host mind). Can't remember where I read that - one of the JoM papers...
Kinda like comparing similar ecosystems consisting of different types of
organism (mammals v marsupials etc.).
Chris Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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