Re: Memetics or artefactics?

Tim Rhodes (
Wed, 9 Sep 1998 02:24:09 -0700

From: "Tim Rhodes" <>
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Subject: Re: Memetics or artefactics?
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 1998 02:24:09 -0700

Mario writes:

>As I tried to explain. When we want to pursue some analogy between culture
>biology, which is one of the hallmarks of memetics (isn't it?), we can ask
>cultural phenomenon resembles most the physical gene, with respect to
>informational content, being replicable by a processor, having high copy
>fidelity, etc.

Do we need to stick so closely to the analogy? And why? Isn't recognizing
that something (a meme by any other name) evolves--replicates, mutates, and
selects--quite enough? Should we remain tied to the analogy if it fails to
serve us as an accurate description?

>Is it Derek or Dereck? Beware for mutant memes!

And even thus is a foundling meme born anew!


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