Re: Meme pools?/ evolution and ecology

Dr I Price (
Mon, 23 Jun 1997 17:31:45 -0400

Date: Mon, 23 Jun 1997 17:31:45 -0400
From: Dr I Price <>
Subject: Re: Meme pools?/ evolution and ecology
To: "" <>


Very interesting. I like the idea.

>If there is a difference between biology and culture, the difference is =

in the frequency ranges of each system. Intercellular biology deals =

with lower frequency waves than culture. If a hertz is defined as =

'one cycle per second,' biological processes range between the .00001 to =

1000 hertz frequency range (circadian rhythms to brainwaves). Sound =

waves are in the 20 to 20,000 hertz range. Visible electromagnetic =

waves range from 50,000 to 300,000 hertz.

'Culture' might be seen as life's expansion into higher frequency waves =

(higher entropy, information space). This expansion started when life =

forms evolved senses to 'convert' high frequency sound and =

electromagnetic information into low frequency chemical and =

electrochemical messages (meaning). Humans has extended this by =

becoming capable of generating high frequency meaning.

I'm defending the physical analogy between genes and memes. They are =

analogous systems residing in different frequency domains. From this =

perspective, it is not hard to see how computers will fit into the =

picture, but I'll leave that for another day.<

But what if physicality - permanence or durability or something varies as=

the inverse of frequency. How long does a meme transmitting at 300khz
endure compared to a gene at 0.1khz? Is there some kind of replicator
quantum at work?

Just a thought


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