RE: Meta-memes?

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Sat Feb 09 2002 - 19:14:36 GMT

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    At 11:50 AM 09/02/02 -0500, "Lawrence DeBivort" <>
    >At the Memetics Group, we use the term 'meta-meme' to refer to those memes
    >that address issues of memetics, learning, knowledge, authority. That is, a
    >meta-meme is a meme about memes and their nature.
    >Does this make sense? It is always easier to explain this with a diagram. It
    >consists of a circle, with the word 'memes' written in it, and then a much
    >smaller circle off to the side, with a arrow pointing to the big circle and
    >the word 'meta-meme' in it.

    That is not far from my definition, though having published in 1988, I
    claim precedence. <grin>

    I had not thought about the "meme about memes" causing differential
    selection to happen to other memes, but now that I think about it,
    recognizing that some idea/social movement is a meme should have an
    effect. Possibly positve.


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