RE: i-memes and m-memes

Gatherer, D. (
Thu, 02 Sep 1999 12:05:39 +0200

Date: Thu, 02 Sep 1999 12:05:39 +0200
From: "Gatherer, D. (Derek)" <>
Subject: RE: i-memes and m-memes
To: "''" <>

> Derek:
> I was looking for a noun, not an adjective. What noun would you use to
> describe something that successfully replicates????

I'd use a noun to denote what a thing is, distinguishing it from other
things, not for what has been done with said thing that has been done with
other different things. A thing that self replicates is a self replicator.
Probably an animal or a plant. But memetic replication is that of a passive
replicatee, memetically replicated by the active agent of consciousness.
Even behavior, which is an activity, is at best a memetic transmission. An
observer, a replicater, perceives, receptively, and replicates the meme,
just as with any other phenomena or objects. Memes are passive parasites,
anywhere outside the mind. There are no memetic replicators.

This is just a pedantic distinction betwen replicatOR and replicatED. We've
had this out endlessly on this list and it's an inconsequential distinction.
You're still evading the point. What is the replicator/replicated in
cultural evolution?

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