RE: virus: MS Weapon

Brett Lane Robertson (
Sun, 12 Oct 1997 12:08:02 -0500

At 11:32 AM 10/12/97 +0100, you wrote:
>> From: Nathaniel Hall[]

>> I think at this point a definition of a pattern would be useful. Any
>> takers?


>An information stream contains a pattern if and only if
>it can be compressed and reexpanded without loss,
>otherwise it is random. (See Dennett's "Real Patterns"
>in the Journal of Philosophy 1991, though he gets it
>from someone else, whose details I don't recall right
>now, but can get if required.)

If a meme is a pattern, and behavior is a stream of information; then,
"Behavior refers to a meme if and only if the behavior can be simplified and
complexified without loss of information; in this way, the meme represents
the most simple form of a predictable behavior and thus replicates itself
through more complex expressions of itself."


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