Re: memetics-digest V1 #23

Ton Maas (
Mon, 2 Mar 1998 21:48:23 +0100

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Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 21:48:23 +0100
From: Ton Maas <>
Subject: Re: memetics-digest V1 #23

>Tim Rhodes wrote-
>>If a meme must me 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).

But what is it waiting _for_? How would you define its nature outside of
the context from which it generates its meaning? It seems to me these are
the loopholes of "essential" as opposed to "processual" definitions.


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