Adventure Memes/Duration Memes

Karthik Swaminathan (
Fri, 22 May 1998 15:26:09 -0400

Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 15:26:09 -0400
From: Karthik Swaminathan <>
Subject: Adventure Memes/Duration Memes

I have been wondering if a differentiation can be made between adventure memes
and duration memes. There are some "thoughts" that try to spread out as wide
as possible and evolve, that is allow for change in its structure as a basis
for a wider replication while there are others that look for creating
stability in which the "thought" remains as intact as possible so the meme
cluster will survive as long as possible. A meme set can include both of
these elements but some show more of one over the other.

An example of a duration meme are traditions. This emphasizes that the older
ways are better and in so doing keeps the memetic clusters associated intact.
When they spread out you are expected to take the whole package. This can make
them spread out more slowly but last longer.

Adventure memes tend to be curious. They are looking for the other, something
different to attach to and change. They are mixers in that they mix with
other memes spreading out faster but also evolving so their lifetime in a
present state is very short. Problem solving and imaginary thinking have this

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