Meme transmission

Dr I Price (
Wed, 9 Jul 1997 13:19:27 -0400

Date: Wed, 9 Jul 1997 13:19:27 -0400
From: Dr I Price <>
Subject: Meme transmission
To: "" <>

Tim Rhodes asked

>Has anyone done any actual experiments to calculate the transmission rat=
of memes in a give meme-sphere (culture)?<

The meme meme itself took about 15 years to begin to move and probably 20=

to get moderately common. I don't know its doubling rate at present.
[Dawkins S Gene Edition 2 has some data and uses the citation tracking

The Business Process Re-engineering meme took about 4 years to dominate i=
meme space, displacing all other alternatives [see Price and Shaw 1996
links available from my home page or Hans' memetics page]

There is much more to be done along the lines you and Ken McE suggest. I
hope soon to have a PhD student and some grants to start doing exactly



This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the
Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
For information about the journal and the list (e.g. unsubscribing)