Re: virus: Will the real meme please stand up.

Tim Rhodes (
Tue, 5 Aug 1997 10:17:11 -0700 (PDT)

On Mon, 4 Aug 1997, Tim Abbott wrote:

> Uh, and how is this different from the dynamics you'd expect from any
> other model? And how would you test it? (This is a genuine question,
> if there are methods, I would love to know - I got your email Tim,
> and will reply later, but testing the *rate* of information transfer
> is effectively meaningless because it depends on the physical methods
> available and on the demographics of the group polled)

Memes don't exist independent of group demographics or methods of
transfer. Why do you think this makes studying them meaningless? S.A.T
tests are just as contingent on their medium and subject demographics for
results, but that hardly makes them meaningless.

-Prof. Tim