Re: i-memes and m-memes

Robin Faichney (
Wed, 1 Sep 1999 14:32:26 +0100

Date: Wed, 1 Sep 1999 14:32:26 +0100
From: Robin Faichney <>
Subject: Re: i-memes and m-memes
In-Reply-To: <>

In message <2CDFE2C8F598D21197C800C04F911B20349363@DELTA.newhouse.akzono>, Gatherer, D. (Derek) <>
>I pointed out the ambiguity as to whether these neural patterns are
>supposed to replicate internally (within a brain) or externally (between
>brains). But you lapsed back into it. Which do you mean?
>I don't understand, do you mean where is the replication event occurring?

No, I mean where is the replicate? But it suddenly occurs to me that
you're talking about actual patterns of neural activity -- in which case
I agree with you! These will not be replicated either within or between
brains. Or certainly not always, anyway. But "my" memes are not such
patterns, because they're encoded, and that encoding will vary to some
extent from one brain to another.

And it may be worth making clear: I don't believe there's any need to
observe memes in i-form (nor, probably, any possibility of doing so).
Memetics is a way of thinking about events and relationships, not a
description of individual things.

Robin Faichney
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