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From: Keith Henson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Words and memes
I have often written that an idea fails to be a meme (at best it is a
potential meme) when someone has an idea and never communicates the
idea.† By this line of thinking an idea written on paper is still not a
meme until someone (other than the writer) read it.† Shades of the
observer effects in quantum mechanics!
Of course, none of this negates the essence of any particular meme being
I think this is because we rely too much on the analogy of genes. Obviously,
i have my genes, and should i have children these (some at any rate) will be
passed on. If i write an idea down and no one reads it, it is not passed on.
I donít see a problem with terming something a potential meme, though is
there a difference betwen an idea i do not communicate, and on that i write
down and file?. The one that i file may become available in the future.
Indeed, in most western countries, reports, files etc are held by the
goverment as classified information, and released slowly. Are these
I wonder how the Pope feels about potential memes as opposed to *potentail
life*? :- )
thanks for the quote. It is an enjoyable article.
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