Re: virus: Fractals and memes

Mon, 10 Jun 1996 12:34:57 -0500

>In my context I was using infinity as a
>synonym to "maximum developement". (snip) At this point the meme that
>followed the same path as the fractal would in the end reach the same state of
>maximum developement. At maximum devlopement the meme would start to lag as
>technology/society continued to develope. (snip)
>Have I cleared this up at all? Am I still making sense? Let me know what you

I think I see what you mean. A meme which has reached it's maximum
development is incapable of further propagation. While it seems that a
total monopoly on meme supporting resources is a memetic vicotry, the
cescation of replicative activity is also memetic death. hmmmm....

The interesting question which seems to arrise from this line of thinking
is, "Has any meme ever reached it's maximum developement?" At first blush,
I would say no. It seems that as long as there is additional matter to be
refashioned into meme supporting architecture, a meme (meme-complex) can
always contiunue to propagate by directing its hosts to reshape available
material to form new meme-sustaining enivironments.
When all the matter in the universe has been restructured to support memes,
and when one meme has commendeered all of that meme-sustaining matter to
the exclusion of all other memes, then I'd say a meme would have reached
its maximum development. Even then, a successful meme might find a way to
create new universes full of matter to reshape into meme-freindly stuff.

when you're down it's a long way up
when you're up it's a long way down
it's all the same thing
no new tale to tell