Re: i-memes and m-memes

James McComb (
Mon, 30 Aug 1999 01:59:50 +1000

From: "James McComb" <>
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Subject: Re: i-memes and m-memes
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 01:59:50 +1000

Robin Faichney:

I'd object to this on the same basis I'm not happy with the L/G terminology:
it implies there are two different kinds of memes, when
there is, as I see it, just one kind (at this level of generalisation), in
different encodings. So I'd prefer i-encoding and m-encoding.

James McComb:

i-encoding is a bit ambiguous. Is it a noun or a verb? It could be
interpreted as a PROCESS, whereas we want the i/m distinction to distinguish
between types of THING. How about one meme, but with an i-form and and an

The i/m distinction is vital because the copying process involved in m->m
replication is mechanical and unproblematic, whereas that involved in i->m
and m->i is hermeneutical and not yet understood.

James McComb -

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