RE: virus: Memetics: our obligations

Brett Lane Robertson (
Thu, 26 Jun 1997 14:49:08 -0500


I'm a newby...just a comment on "Availability/accessibility _isn't_
essential to the transmission of a meme..." I see the key word here to be
"essential". I would agree that availability isn't the *essential*
criteria. Those who say it is are stuck in the darwinistic idea of survival
of the fittest. Memes are Lamarkian. They survive because they are
*cooperative* by nature. They survive by evolutionary mechanisms which fall
under "replication" instead of "reproduction". Things replicate because
they are IDEAL. I would suggest that the essential requirement for the
replication of memes is that they approach the improve one's work
would therefore be more important than to share one's work.


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