Re: virus: Definition of meme (from alt.memetics)
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 22:43:37 -0600 (CST)

On Fri, 3 Jan 1997, Lior Golgher wrote:

> Wade T.Smith wrote:
> I actually woke up this morning with a kernel of a scintilla of an idea
> about what a meme may actually be, all to do with the actual
> electro-chemical formation of memory, a new and recently augmented
> neurobiochemical study, and fascinating.
> I am a long way from even finding a nail to hit a head, but I think that
> lodging memes specifically within a brain, and more specifically within
> the memory process of a brain, and more specifically within the
> conscious
> memory functions, is the way to go.
> ----
> You're talking about the physical imprint of memes - is that where
> you're heading?
> We ususally use memetics to analyze social processes of
> thought-evolution <urgh, shitty phrasing>. The focus is on the ways a
> meme influence on our thought.
> Therefore any definition of meme should focus on its deeds and effects
> rather than its unclear electro-chemical formation in the brain. That's
> two points for the current VirLex definition, and none for your
> suggestion.

Currently-unclear electrochemical formation in the brain.

Actually, a through understanding of the electrochemical case might be
useful in constructing a Strong AI, which would in turn isolate the
formal content of memes [which transmit/reproduce into both Strong AI's
and humans.]

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd