Re: virus: Re: Rationality (meme make-up)

Tony Hindle (
Fri, 14 Mar 1997 09:30:49 +0000

In message <>, Lee Daniel
Crocker <> writes
Dave Pape wrote
>> >Someone, in the last couple of weeks, said that no meme cannot be broken
>> >down further. Do you agree? Surely there must be some fundamental level
>> >for a singular meme, otherwise, meme-complex and meme would be universally
>> >interchangeable.
>> Someone answer this, because it's been confusing me for ages as well... is
>> there an atomic meme? I'm kind of thinking no... but then I spin off into a
>> fractally recursive explanation wormhole.
>Seems pretty obvious to me: a neural pattern that causes a single-nerve
>stimulus to produce a single muscle contraction is the "atomic" meme,
>from which all others all built. Of course, it has to be an acquired
>pattern, not hard-wired.
Yes but there are random quantum threshold fluctuations at
all the synapses so we can never know the position and momentum of
a single nerve stimulus without an inherent uncertainty.

Seriously though, I think spinning off into a fractally
recursive explanation is a good way of putting it. I use meme-
complex to make explicit what I always mean implicitly when I use
the term meme.


Tony Hindle.