Re: i-memes and m-memes

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Wed, 1 Sep 1999 18:09:56 EDT

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Date: Wed, 1 Sep 1999 18:09:56 EDT
Subject: Re: i-memes and m-memes

In a message dated 9/1/99 2:14:42 PM Central Daylight Time, writes:

> "Ice," for example, is an interesting word meaning water in its frozen
> state. Ice melts and evaporates, or sublimates, forming water vapor, which
> may rise sufficiently high to the point that it condenses and freezes, once
> again forming ice. However, it wasn't ice during those intermediate stages
> nor would it be useful to call it "encoded ice" or anything like that.
> Similarly, although some meme transmission can be usefully seen as directly
> encoded and unencoded en route from mind to mind, my suspicion is that most
> of it is not so direct, that memes "precipitate" into a new mind through a
> statistically predictable but chaotic process in which one individual meme
> cannot really be said to be encoded in one specific behavior or artifact.

Excellent point, and along the same lines as my thoughts on the "Encoding and
Decoding" thread.


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