Re: Words and Memes

From: Dace (
Date: Mon Feb 11 2002 - 04:07:41 GMT

  • Next message: Scott Chase: "Re: Why memeoids?"

    Received: by id EAA08587 (8.6.9/5.3[ref] for from; Mon, 11 Feb 2002 04:12:11 GMT
    Message-ID: <004501c1b2b1$a7843720$8086b2d1@teddace>
    From: "Dace" <>
    To: <>
    References: <>
    Subject: Re: Words and Memes
    Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002 20:07:41 -0800
    Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
    X-Priority: 3
    X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
    X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 5.50.4133.2400
    X-Mimeole: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V5.50.4133.2400
    Precedence: bulk


    > > Culture can be divided into intentional and memetic.
    > > While the "atoms of culture" are always taking on a
    > > life of their own-- far beyond the intentions of
    > > their creators-- we are continually regenerating
    > > culture from the foundation. Even if a particular
    > > tune is known to be "catchy," if I consciously
    > > decide to hum it, it's a function of intentional
    > > culture. Only when it starts playing on its own--
    > > and continues replaying long after it's begun to
    > > annoy me-- does it become a function of memetic
    > > culture.
    > It's hard to choose and use a tool unintentionally.

    Which is why it doesn't make much sense to regard memes as tools. Ideas are
    tools. Ways of doing things can be thought of as tools. Memes spring up
    when the tools start running on auto-pilot.


    This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the
    Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
    For information about the journal and the list (e.g. unsubscribing)

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Mon Feb 11 2002 - 04:35:33 GMT