virus: Evolution of The Meme

Brett Lane Robertson (
Mon, 11 Aug 1997 11:14:00 -0500

The nature of viruses are not understood. They are made of strands of
information held together by energy. They have complicated patterns (and I
assume, the more complicated the pattern, the greater the energy potential).
They are integrated in function to the function of a cell (the cell
reproduces their pattern "naturally"). They seem to reproduce readily.
They cannot power their own processes. They--therefore--must hold the
energy potential to power a cell very efficiently. This is the extent of
what I understand.

Important points for memetics: Units of information are patterned; Units of
information contain energy bonds; The host can use this energy.
Also--theoretically--useful points relating to memetics: The virus/meme
does not use its energy to replicate itself but instead uses the energy to
organize itself (a contrast from genes); There is a theoretical
exchange--the virus gives the cell it's form, the cell provides the function.

Further assumed: The virus (meme) is superior in form; The cell (gene) is
superior in function. Noted: The cell destroys the viral shell
(Independence?) in order to use its information which relates to the post on
"action potential" in that a meme--theoretically-- reaches a critical
balance and then releases its charge to the less organized memesphere
reorganizing it for greater efficiency (Is this the same as saying that a
gene is a meme without a shell?).

Conclusions in relation to memetics: A memesphere "learns" to utilize
energy more efficiently by following the pattern of information presented by
the meme to its energy source; A meme is deconstructed by the host in order
to utilize this information and is then reconstructed by the advanced host
as an ideal example of this energy configuration.

The ideal pattern, it is theorized, renders previous memes ineffective in
their relationship to new hosts since they are not as efficient as the
super-meme in their exchange with the host (like a sperm renders an egg
impervious to other sperm).. This suggests that there is only one meme in
operation at any one time--that other memes are subjugated to the advanced
pattern of the super-meme (or, that the superstrain of virus interferes with
the replication of the less advanced virus).

To back up this observation, note that both the cellular example and the
"action potential" example illustrate FIRST a breakdown of one form and THEN
the construction of another form--it is inconsequential that the replicated
virus seems identical to the original in the instance of the cell since the
action potential illustration and the conclusion above indicate a
progressive evolution of the complexity of the virus.

The above theory is proposed as the process by which memes evolve.

What I'm really saying: A meme is an ancient patterned unit of information.
The meme is a stable, complex, and powerful entity (like an atom, or a
universe, etc.). It will not easily be transformed for trivial reasons like
ad campaigns or personal wealth. It most likely has to be made into an even
more stable, complex and powerful form in order to change at all. This form
would take into consideration ALL previous evolutionary growth and improve
on it's communicability. The paradigm which preceeded this new meme would
be consumed and integrated into the new paradigm.


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