Re: virus: What makes memes compete?

Dave Pape (
Thu, 10 Apr 1997 21:25:30 +0100 (BST)

Lee Crocker writes:

> models of competition are just simplifications
>our mind uses to understand statistical effects that are caused by
>complex interdependent armies of genes and memes fighting over
>complex and overlapping resources. The fact that we can simplify
>to understand should not blind us to the real complications.

I can accept this a bit more. You're saying that when we say "meme A
competes with meme B" we actually mean "the society-wide population of meme
A competes with the society-wide population of meme B"...? That describing a
single copy of a meme as competing with a single copy of another meme is an

I've not got a problem with that... but it brings me round again to asking
about whether anyone would buy into the concept of people hosting multiple
copies of memes, or at least loads of related memes, which compete with each
other in groups...

Dave Pape
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