Re: when is a meme selfish?

Robin Faichney (
Sun, 29 Aug 1999 14:20:50 +0100

Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 14:20:50 +0100
From: Robin Faichney <>
Subject: Re: when is a meme selfish?
In-Reply-To: <>

In message <>,
Lawrence H. de Bivort <> writes
>On Sun, 29 Aug 1999, Robin Faichney wrote:
>>That the rock on the seabed is unlikely to affect culture is true, but
>>that is a contingent factor. If we're looking at the principles
>>involved, then the potential of that rock to transmit the meme to
>>another brain is crucial, however unlikely the actual occurrence.

Who is "we"?

>distinguish simply between the content and architecture of the meme and
>the channels through which it may be distributed. The meme might have
>memetic content and architecture (i.e. be 'ready' for dissemination &
>replication), but not have the channel(s) of distribution that it needs,
>e.g. only be displayed at the bottom of the ocean, dependent on the random
>diver for its channel or a super-smart and interested dolphin. Or, e.g.,
>on land it could end up only being written in the notebook of some attic
>genius who emerges only for onion soup and mutterings to others.

Are you agreeing or disagreeing with what I said there?

Robin Faichney
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