Re: i-memes and m-memes

Bill Spight (
Thu, 02 Sep 1999 03:03:21 -0700

Date: Thu, 02 Sep 1999 03:03:21 -0700
From: Bill Spight <>
Subject: Re: i-memes and m-memes

But no non-replicators. No more than there are losers in Vegas! There are only patrons who have not yet found their winning table!


well, that last sentence shows the untenability of your thesis. Of course there are losers at Vegas!!! Are you advertising Vegas???


Aaron's analogy between non-replicating memes and losers at Vegas (although I guess that he would say that losers at Vegas *are* memes) reminds me that memes not only replicate, they are culled by selection. Memes that are not selected do not replicate. They are like losers at Vegas. It's a pretty good analogy.

However, to stretch the analogy a bit, there are people who do not play, who do not enter the fray, who (in terms of winning at Vegas) never even have a chance to win. They are not memes.

I think we have to distinguish between failure to replicate and not having the opportunity to start with.


Bill "Young girls have picked them, every one" Spight

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