Re: sex and the single meme

Date: Fri Jan 25 2002 - 20:26:03 GMT

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    On 25 Jan 2002, at 14:44, Scott Chase wrote:

    > If a group of people of some religious sect decided to break away from the
    > general population and go live on an island somewhere and someone happened
    > to carry an allele related to polydactyly or some other genetically related
    > phenotype, this trait might be more prevalent in subsequent island
    > generations when compared to the original mainland population. This would be
    > a non-representative sampling of the mainland population.

    Well yes, but still. These crazy folks on the island select which
    memes they use and believe in.. with their brains. There's no
    outside force which does the selection.

    I don't know what others on this list think but i sometimes think
    that they have this picture in their mind that memes float around in
    cultural space, mixing themselves with each other based on some
    unknown rules, like they would be personalities for themselves and
    then we as humans freely welcome the memes which survived
    in our brains.

    There might be something like a meme-space but we define what
    memes are in there and we also partly decide which memes to
    extract from it. Culture and individual.

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