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Hi firstname.lastname@example.org -
>>You'll ask how he's
>>doing, then toss him a rope or go to find one or someone who can
>>help you help him.
>Probably. It's still two different memes, related though.
The written 'help' and the spoken 'help' are, of course, two related but
different behaviors. Their ineradicable meaningful content is what is
related- 'I need help'. (Although, sheer fraud is also possible. This is
a human we're dealing with....)
For the sake of the immediate response, contacting someone who can help,
no differentiation is necessary. But for the sake of the expanded
response, actually helping, it is.
Voiceless? Or unable to move his legs? The emergency medical team will
need to know. The exchange of behaviors to arrive at those answers and
others is necessary to guarantee the victim's further survival.
Anyway, many memes, like turtles, crocodiles, and others, stay just the
same throughout the eons. I think someone did a nice post about that.
Personally, I'd like to see some memetic analysis of things like those,
and, indeed, I spit upon any and all usages of chain letters as memetic
There, that rant was swift.
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