Re: memetics-digest V1 #18 | Meme mutations

Kastytis Beitas (
Wed, 25 Feb 1998 20:35:51 +0200

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Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998 20:35:51 +0200
From: Kastytis Beitas <>
Subject: Re: memetics-digest V1 #18 | Meme mutations
In-Reply-To: <Pine.SOL.3.96.980222221739.20501G-100000@rocky-gw.oswego.e

>In response to the selected text below, If the meme is a good meme, it
>will mutate so that it will be understood in other semicompatible systems.
>The success of the meme is evaluated by its ability to make as many
>copies of itself as possible. Therefore we can "explain" misuderstanding
>by syaing that if the meme is not understood it has failed in its ability
>to self-replicate.
>Does that address the question?
>(you wrote)
>- -These structures are meaningless (no meme) or have another meaning
>(different meme) to any other system without a "decoding" structure very
>similar to the one of the transferred structure creator.
>If this would not be true and if we state that what is passing between
>systems are MEMES and not STRUCTURES, how to explain MISUNDERSTANDING?

Meme mutations (adaptability to semicompatible systems) is a feature of
effective meme.
Effective meme would be understood in semicompatible systems, though
meaning of it may be not identical. If some part of meme's information is
transfered to new systems, this meme is rather effective.
The part of correctly understood information is one of memes effectivity
Transfered and transformated meme must be fit to further dispersal. If
possibility to transfere is lost, the transformed meme is no meme anymore.

Misunderstanding is a way of meme adaptations. Evolution keeps up one
adaptations and eliminates other ones. Some misunderstandings are birth of
new meme's variations, some - dead born memes.

Kastytis Beitas

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