Re: FW: applied memetics

Mark Mills (
Thu, 3 Sep 98 09:44:25 -0600

Subject: Re: FW: applied memetics
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 98 09:44:25 -0600
From: Mark Mills <>
To: "Memetics List" <>
Message-Id: <>

>By analogy, let's take martial arts. There's a school called Gracie
>Jiu-Jitsu that claims to be the most effective form of realistic street
>self-defense. Do we have to subject Gracie fighters to scientific testing
>with peer-review published papers? Or can we just take 10 of Gracie's
>elected best, stick them in a ring with one on one matches against fighters
>selected by other schools, deemed by THOSE schools to be the best, and then
>see who kicks whose buttocks in?

This is an interesting point. At some point applied memetics and
'academic' memetics need to come to terms with each other.

I don't think there are any PhD's in kick-boxing. This is probably a
feature of funding difficulties rather than interest.

In the advertising world, probably the closest thing to applied memetics,
there are PhD's in 'allied' fields of study, but the linkage is a bit


This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the
Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
For information about the journal and the list (e.g. unsubscribing)