Re: memetics-digest V1 #23

Tim Rhodes (
Fri, 27 Feb 1998 14:56:33 -0800

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Subject: Re: memetics-digest V1 #23
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 1998 14:56:33 -0800

Zoom <> writes:

>Tim Rhodes wrote-
> If a meme must be encoded, transmitted, and decoded, what do we call the
> encoded information between the time it is encoded and decoded. Is that
> pattern of symbols the `meme' itself? (I have my doubts.) And if not,
> what is it?>
> I would say that the meme itself is the same. It is just a difference
between > potential and kinetic energy. One is 'active', the other is
'passive' waiting to > materialize (which it may never do).

In physics we have terms like `potental' and `kinetic' to distinguish these
states. Do we need a similar terminology in memetics to clarify things?
Do we have it yet?

-Tim Rhodes

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