RE: The photocopier meme

Dr I Price (
Tue, 10 Jun 1997 05:14:06 -0400

Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 05:14:06 -0400
From: Dr I Price <>
Subject: RE: The photocopier meme
To: "" <>

Nick asks me

>You suggest that technomemes replicate independantly of other
memetic phyla, such as language and belief. I'm not certain that
they do, but then I must confess I'm a bit hazy about the
distinction you make. Perhaps you could spell it out more fully?<

I am not sure that I can as yet. One of my interests is the question of
whether there is any memetic analog of the phylogenetic classification
[species etc].

Before anyone makes the obvious point I am an admirer of Steve Gould's
writings and largely accept his point that one of key differences between=

cultural and biologic evoluion is that biological lineagess, once evolved=
are distinct whereas cultural ones intertwine. I do though see more
barriers to that theoretical intertwining.

The idea of language memes, belief memes, and techno memes as three, at
least partially independent memetic phyla is one I am just starting to
explore and I am more interested in testing whether others on this list s=
it as a potentially useful distinction.


If Price
Active Personal Learning, Guildford UK

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