Re: Meme Extinction

Paul Marsden (
Fri, 30 May 1997 06:11:09 -0400

Date: Fri, 30 May 1997 06:11:09 -0400
From: Paul Marsden <>
Subject: Re: Meme Extinction
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>JB: I would think that there are two mediums in which memes can exist;
human minds and information storage systems (books, computers, etc.). It=

seems to me that only when they are found within the mind of at least one=

human are they active; memes in books and computers could be considered
"dormant". So, yes, memes can exist outside of human consciousness, but
they only have the ability to self-replicate when found in the mind.<

PM: My point was rather do we have to be conscious of memes resident in=

the mind for them to exist? I would contend that we are only conscious o=
a tiny fraction of all the memes in our mind/brain.
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