Re: An experiment in memetics

Bill Benzon (
Sun, 8 Jun 1997 12:17:28 -0500

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Date: Sun, 8 Jun 1997 12:17:28 -0500
From: (Bill Benzon)
Subject: Re: An experiment in memetics

>The goal of the experiment is to check if the variation between replication
>events for a meme can be non-random, and if this particular non-randomnes
>can be atributed causally to the expression of the meme.

The sort of thing you describe as an experiment has been done, probably
many times. A classic source is FC Bartlett's 1932 "Remembering" (Oxford U
Press). As I vaguely recall, a ghost story taken from one culture was told,
in chain fashion (A to B to C to D etc.) by folks in a different culture.
As the story went from person to person it became more and more consistent
with the beliefs of the folks telling & retelling the story and less
reflective of the beliefs of the folks in the source culture.

William L. Benzon 201.217.1010
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