RE: i-memes and m-memes

Wade T.Smith (
Sun, 29 Aug 1999 17:54:24 -0400

Subject: RE: i-memes and m-memes
Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 17:54:24 -0400
From: "Wade T.Smith" <>
To: <>

>This convinces me that rather than recognize anything at all what so ever as
>non-memetic, we may be better off speaking of it's replicative failure.

But, it is only capable of replicative failure or success within its own
culture, or within a culture with some correspondences, yes? Outside of
this matrix it is useless, except forensically. Maybe it would be better
to speak of memes that allowed cross-culturalization- unlike specific
craftsmen's tools, the turn of the screw- unlike the Shakers' severe
celibacy, go forth and multiply. Those memes, I suspect, that are most
close to the core of their genetic foundation, by imitation?

The best-laid meme of mice and men is the one that is so easy anybody can
do it, and so much fun that everybody will....

- Wade

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