Re: the conscious universe

From: Robert (Bob) Grimes (
Date: Sat Oct 07 2000 - 18:16:54 BST

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    Again, I thought that most of us had come to the conclusion, way back
    there, that the meme existed "only in the brain," but that the "meme
    seed or token" was transmitted in many different ways and that this
    partially explained the "evolution" of the meme. That is, since we
    cannot communicate explicitly (exactly) and all of our perception is
    "subjective," the meme differs in each of us. Thus, when we
    "re-execute" the meme, it may come out pretty close to the original,
    especially if of a simple nature, but usually there will always be the
    changes due to subjective influences of the individual. Thus, the meme
    will evolve both in effect on the recipient and subsequent
    instantiations of the meme. So, we have the obvious circumstances of
    memeplexes, such as a religious or political belief, whereby the
    "believers" say that they agree with each other but usually only to a
    degree. This used to be demonstrated by having people in a circle
    "define a meaning" and then asking everyone who disagreed with the
    explicit definition to step inward. Usually, the circle would become
    smaller and smaller because of the uniqueness of the individual's
    beliefs, interpretations, or expressions.

    This shows why there are "different strokes for different folks" even
    when the written or spoken provocations, etc., appear identical. "Viva
    la differénce"



    Bob Grimes

    Jacksonville, Florida

    Man is not in control, but the man who knows he is not in control is more in control...

    Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore....."

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