Re: i-memes and m-memes

James McComb (
Thu, 2 Sep 1999 17:25:11 +1000

From: "James McComb" <>
To: "Memetics Discussion List" <>
Subject: Re: i-memes and m-memes
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 1999 17:25:11 +1000

Robin Faichney:

This example is too confusing. You seem to be talking about decoding
systems as memes, and about decoding memes, at the same time.

James McComb:

You're right. I had difficulty communicating my idea in that e-mail. Rest
assured that I do not really conflate decoding systems with memes.

I will try to put my ideas about en/decoding in the 'Encoding and Decoding'
thread. (For a start, I'll be dropping the terms 'encoding' and 'decoding'
in exchange for the more neutral 'transformation'.)

Robin Faichney:

Anyway, how could we ever know that any two communities were genuinely

James McComb:

Which is to say that reconstructing phylogenies is as much a problem in
memetics as it is in biology!

---James McComb

Fidelity! Fecundity! Longevity!

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