Re: Machiavellian Memes

Tim Rhodes (
Mon, 29 Sep 1997 09:49:30 -0700 (PDT)

Date: Mon, 29 Sep 1997 09:49:30 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tim Rhodes <>
Subject: Re: Machiavellian Memes
In-Reply-To: <v03102810b05508837043@[]>

On Mon, 29 Sep 1997, Ton Maas wrote:

> What I was trying to convey, is that in
> comparison to the process of biological reproduction (which is
> predominantly conservation-oriented) the replication of memes seems rather
> unrestricted, allowing for a great deal of innovative "craziness". There
> seems hardly an analogy for the "funnels" of gamete-matching and
> embryology in the realm of memetics.

I also think the meme/gene analogy is quite limiting. Unfortunately no
one seems interested in developing a new set of terms for memetics that
are as specific to the description of a meme as "phenotype" and "genotype"
are to genes.

The analogy seems to be the best we have for the moment.

-Tim Rhodes

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