Re: "Smoking" Memes

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    >From: Chris Taylor <>
    >Subject: Re: "Smoking" Memes
    >Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 16:47:58 +0000
    > > 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
    > > enable it to be effective with large and unspecified groups of people,
    > > 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.).
    Are mammals and marsupials different types of organisms? Or is the latter a
    subset of the former?

    Maybe you're thinking of mammals with a yolk-sac placenta (metatherian
    marsupials) versus those with a chorioallantoic placenta (eutherian "true
    placentals")? Even the egg-laying platypus (a protherian monotreme) is a

    Kent GC and Miller L. 1997. Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates. Wm. C.
    Brown Publishers. Dubuque IA

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