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>"Replicating ideas" are
> always changing in the minds of those they infect, and they can mutate
> (sometimes a lot) with every new person they infect. It is hard to predict
> exactly what behavior a particular meme will be inducing next week,
> you never know how the meme may interact with other memes, or mutate.
The dynamics of memes in brains may be capricious indeed, and I think that's
reason why media which guarantee higher longevity such as written language
helped prevent the rate of meme variation to reach counter-productive
After all, to make evulution possible memes should retain at least some of
their substance over time and upon transmission.
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