Re: Machiavellian Memes

Tim Rhodes (
Sun, 28 Sep 1997 22:03:47 -0700 (PDT)

Date: Sun, 28 Sep 1997 22:03:47 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tim Rhodes <>
Subject: Re: Machiavellian Memes
In-Reply-To: <v0310280cb053eaec5b96@[]>

On Sun, 28 Sep 1997, Ton Maas wrote:

> As I have argued earlier, this is precisely one of the most fundamental
> shortcomings of the meme/gene analogy. In terms of
> spreading/multiplying/mutation the analogy works fine, but the extremely
> stringent conservation mechanisms which govern genetic reproduction, are
> notably absent in the realm of memes.

Isn't the number of "host minds" limited? And the number of memes that
can effectively occupy a single mind likewise a limited resource?

-Tim Rhodes

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