RE: The necessity of mental memes

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Date: Mon Jan 21 2002 - 11:31:16 GMT

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    This is a relatively common evolutionary dynamic, especially in meme based evolution. As a new niche opens up several terms compete for it
    until one prevails, perhaps by contingent lock in as ite gets more users, perhaps by a slight advantage. I and Ray Shaw discussed it with
    respect of business 'fads'
    in 1996.

    If Price

    > I am working mostly from memory, but there were several other
    > terms being
    > used in the late 70s and early 80s before "meme" more or less
    > became the
    > catch word. I remember a whole list of them in an early
    > section of a book
    > by (I think) Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, possibly Cultural
    > Transmission and
    > Evolution: A Quantitative Approach (1981), though it might
    > have been an
    > earlier book. More about him
    > here: If
    > anyone has this book, please take a look.

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