Re: virus: Question, meme mutations and their "crossover" + "sex"

Tim Rhodes (
Fri, 6 Jun 1997 16:01:22 -0700 (PDT)

On Fri, 6 Jun 1997, Yash wrote:

> II. Syntactically induced variation, copy is syntactically incorrect :
> "I WILL LOVE" becomes "I WILL NOT LOVE". Happens by a transmission
> error, consciously (with intent from medium) or not.


> This brings me to a certain type of robustness to errors like say :
> copy is : "I WILL LIVE" instead of "I WILL LOVE".

I think you approach is misguided here (IMHO). Memetic transmission errors
are not like data transmission errors (as I understand them). A more
likely memetic drift of the phrase "I WILL LOVE" might be the second hand,
"He will love soon" or "He's willing love into his life". Memes are much
more fluid than just groups of words and the same meme is often expressed
without error using entirely different sets of words.

And, BTW:

> Most men as studies show give little or no credibility to the ideas of women.
> The achievements of a female are ascribed to luck, but not to her abilities,
> whereas the achievements of a male are ascribed to his abilities.

What studies? SHOW ME!!!

This reeks of "400 words for snow"!

-Prof. Tim