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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
-- Bob Grimes
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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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