Re: Meme Extinction

Joseph Bloch (
Wed, 28 May 1997 09:42:02 -0400

From: Joseph Bloch <>
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Subject: Re: Meme Extinction
Date: Wed, 28 May 1997 09:42:02 -0400
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Peter Bentley wrote (and I snipped for bandwidth):

> Perhaps we should define what 'Bloch's paradox' actually *is*. I thought
> he was saying that you cannot study an extinct meme without
'resurrecting' it.
> Now, I repeat what I said previously - you cannot study an extinct meme
*at all*
> if it is truly extinct - because it is lost forever. Hence, there is a
> but a slightly different one.
> if you can "observe directly" a meme THEN IT IS NOT EXTINCT!

That's it exactly. My point was that the very act of studying a meme means
that it cannot be extinct, because by studying it we give it a host mind,
and thus the meme lives.

Joseph Bloch (new email address)
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