Sunday, October 29, 2006

Meme's are alive!!! muhahahahaha!

Propagating through evolution of natural selection. Catch-phrases never sounded so intellegent!

From Wikipedia (of course)

The term "meme" (IPA: [miːm], not [mɛm], or [mimi]), coined in 1976 by Richard Dawkins, refers to a unit of cultural information transferable from one mind to another. Dawkins said, Examples of memes are tunes, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. A meme propagates itself as a unit of cultural evolution and diffusion — analogous in many ways to the behavior of the gene (the unit of genetic information). Often memes propagate as more-or-less integrated cooperative sets or groups, referred to as memeplexes or meme-complexes.

The idea of memes has proved a successful meme in its own right, achieving a degree of penetration into popular culture rare for a scientific theory.
Proponents of memes suggest that memes evolve via natural selection — in a way very similar to Charles Darwin's ideas concerning biological evolution — on the premise that variation, mutation, competition, and "inheritance" influence their replicative success. For example, while one idea may become extinct, other ideas will survive, spread and mutate — for better or for worse — through modification.

Meme-theorists contend that memes most beneficial to their hosts will not necessarily survive; rather, those memes which replicate the most effectively spread best; which allows for the possibility that successful memes might prove detrimental to their hosts.


Karitown said...

Oh my. Okay, I'm way too tired and it's way too early to figure out what you're talking about;))) You're more intelligent than I am, that's for sure.

Anonymous said...

Ditto what Karitown said......

And hey I tagged you.....


Cyd said...

Might get around to responding, might not. Are there any special rules?

Did I bug you yet to check out this blog yet, Perriscat. She's my cuz-in-law out in California and took up my suggestion to start blogging. But her friends and family are too lame to comment often.

Also, my friend Pranam Kolari is in a contest to win $5000 for his blogging. He does research on splogs, or spam blogs (bogus blogs), and is generally a really nice guy. So go vote for him, just for the heck of it: Vote for Pranam.

TTQ said...

I visited both sites and play with me on the meme..You never want to play with me any more *lip quivering*. You got all grown up like and had kids, get silly for a change! Nobody will know but us.

I *heart* you! TTFN *um gag*

Your adoring TTQ baby sister.