RE: Selection pressures

From: Lawrence DeBivort (
Date: Wed Dec 12 2001 - 20:37:29 GMT

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    Greetings Julio,

    IMHO, the only selection pressure 'experienced' by memes are those of the
    media through which they are disseminated and by the information filters
    that everyone has. which delete some classes of information and accept
    others -- the problem for memes being that everyone filters for different
    combinations of classes of information, which makes a universally effective
    meme difficult to construct.

    Lawrence de Bivort
    The Memetics Group

    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: []On Behalf
    > Of Julio Varela
    > Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2001 4:56 PM
    > To:
    > Subject: Selection pressures
    > Hello all!
    > I am still somewhat of a neophyte to the world of memes so
    > pardon my naivete and ignorance. I've reached a critical juncture in a
    > document I am writing and I realized that I've been claiming that memes
    > "experience" selection pressures without really backing this assertion
    > up. Do memes experience selection pressures? What are these pressures,
    > from an ontological point of view? Your input in answering this question
    > is greatly appreciated.
    > Sincerely,
    > Julio Varela

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