Memetics JASSS paper by David Hales

Bruce Edmonds (
Fri, 16 Oct 1998 13:45:54 +0100

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Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 13:45:54 +0100
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Subject: Memetics JASSS paper by David Hales

Some of you may be interested in a paper which reports simulations using
"mini-memes" in the recent version of JASSS:

David Hales (1998)

An Open Mind is not an Empty Mind: Experiments in
the Meta-Noosphere

Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation vol. 1, no. 4,


Using the "meme" conception (Dawkins 1976) of cultural transmission
computer simulations, an exploration is made of the relationship
agents, their beliefs about their environment, communication of
beliefs, and the global behaviours that emerge in a simple
artificial society.
This paper builds on previous work using the Minimeme model (Bura
The model is extended to incorporate open-mindedness meta-memes
(memes about memes). In the scenarios presented such meta-memes
dramatic effects, increasing the optimality of population
distribution and the
accuracy of existing beliefs. It is argued that artifical society
offers a potentially fruitful response to the inherent problems of
new meme theory.

Bruce Edmonds,
Centre for Policy Modelling,
Manchester Metropolitan University, Aytoun Bldg.,
Aytoun St., Manchester, M1 3GH. UK.
Tel: +44 161 247 6479 Fax: +44 161 247 6802

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