Re: Can economics be studied by memetics. Was: Is Memetics Needed?

Mario Vaneechoutte (
Mon, 23 Jun 1997 16:38:59 -0700

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Date: Mon, 23 Jun 1997 16:38:59 -0700
From: Mario Vaneechoutte <>
Subject: Re: Can economics be studied by memetics. Was: Is Memetics Needed?

Timothy Perper/Martha Cornog wrote:

Snip. I didn't read the first part yet (though it looks interesting),
but I want to respond to the last sentence
> In Answer #3, I left out the part where a number of people and corporations
> got very, very, VERY rich from both projects -- that's economics, not
> memetics.

Isn't it? Could a unifying theory not include economics? From my point
of view (information and encoding), economics is about the encoding of
value. And than you get money, which nicely follows the deeper and
deeper encoding evolution of other information (trade as behaviour,
shells, coins, paper money, digital money). Something which starts to
lead its own life, influencing terribly strong people's behaviour (name
it and it can be done, if someone can earn money with it: you want a
video with kid pornography? If you pay enough someone will get you one).

One might as well say that 'Money' is the most important 'meme' on

Well, this is meant as a question, not a statement.

Mario Vaneechoutte

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