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At 09:40 PM 15/01/02 -0800, "Joe Dees" <email@example.com>
>I think that some memes reach an optimized limit state that nevertheless
>retains their functionality and usefulness. For instance, I do not see
>the multiplication tables either dying out or evolving.
The same can be said of large areas of "constrained" knowledge. The
periodic table of elements is a similar case.
For that matter, baseball or cricket changes very little as time goes on
because they are constrained by written rules. Writing down a meme can
slow its drift to nearly zero.
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