Re: "Smoking" Memes

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Date: Tue Oct 30 2001 - 16:47:58 GMT

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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 ( »people»chris

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