Re: when is a meme selfish?

Lawrence H. de Bivort (
Sun, 29 Aug 1999 09:44:17 -0400 (EDT)

Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 09:44:17 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Lawrence H. de Bivort" <>
Subject: Re: when is a meme selfish?
In-Reply-To: <>

On Sun, 29 Aug 1999, Robin Faichney wrote:
>Who is "we"?

Researchers & designers, including myself, in the Memetics Group at ESI.

de Bivort:
>>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?

I am not seeking to do either, but rather to offer up the way we think
about this, in case it should be useful to this discussion and others on
this list.

Lawrence de Bivort
The Memetics Group

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