Re: Do all memes die out or evolve? I think not.

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    > >Just because memes are liable to arrive at an optimal state doesn't mean
    > >they aren't still products of evolution. The same thing occurs in the
    > >natural environment all the time. Organisms get to a certain point where
    > >they fit their ecosystem perfectly.
    > >
    > I didn't realize evolution was about perfection. Are you sure you haven't
    > conflated evolution with some outdated natural theological view long
    > replaced by Darwin's evolution via selection?

    No one has said anything about theology except you. Try not to be so
    literal. We're just chatting here, Scott.

    > There's the difference between stabilizing selection which would keep a
    > feature of a population at a satisfactory (ie- just getting by) state
    > a stable ecological context and directional selection which takes the
    > population toward a different state "better" for a different ecological
    > context when this context has itself changed, along with the playing

    Nice to learn some useful terminology. Thanks.


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