Re: i-memes and m-memes

Chris Lees (
Mon, 30 Aug 1999 19:42:38 +0100

Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 19:42:38 +0100
From: Chris Lees <>
Subject: Re: i-memes and m-memes

I'm enjoying the discussion, and have nothing useful to add,
but Wade wrote :

> Even recently, the Iceman- there are tattoos on his body we have no
> explanation for- that are silent to us culturally. There were certainly
> memes in operation at the time he got tattoo'd, but, other than the meme
> of body decoration, all else is lost, as if it never were there.
> Perhaps we will find some other forensic evidence to re-establish this
> meme of his, but, well, I doubt it. A meme lost is a meme gone. If it
> were ever there to begin with.

There was an article somewhere about this. Sorry I can't supply the source.
Apparently the tattoos coincide ( 80 percent ) with the modern Chinese
map of acupuncture points, and would have been the appropriate points to
apply a needle or moxibustion for the particular rheumatic and other
disease which the Iceman suffered from, if a modern acupuncturist was to
treat those ailments.


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