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>The original purpose of memes indeed was to function
>as tools. Maybe the lot of them can still be put
>into that category, I don't know. You're probably
>right at least on the majority of them being tools.
>The original function of memes was that they were
>valuable for humans. They increased survival chances
>of its hosts. Consequently the human brain had a
>true interest in stimulating meme-processing activity.
>The early humans who were most engaged with meme
>processing survived and bred best. A selective
>pressure for meme-affinity built up.
It may be that the *ability* to produce memes increased
survivability, or perhaps it was the production of one or two
specific memes which enhanced our survivability. All other memes may
be a fortunate (or unfortunate) by-product.
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