What is a meme? A meme is an idea, or a particular way of thinking
about what an idea is. A meme is a unit of mental information in the
same way that a gene is a unit of biological information -- a
metaphor of an idea as a transposon, a pattern of thought as a virus,
a knowledge structure as a chromosome.
Memes compete to spread their
information though a social population in the same ways genes compete
to spread their information content through a biological population.
Here is what
Eric Watt Forste has to
say about memes:
Human knowledge evolves by mechanisms similar to biological
evolution: over the long run, by blind variation, accurate replication,
and selective elimination. The term which encapsulates this metaphor with
genes is "meme". A whole new school of thinking about knowledge is
developing out of the confluence of meme idea on the one hand, and the
pancritical epistemology of William Bartley and
Sir Karl Popper.
This entire section has been shamelessly copied verbatium, with the addition of the header for the list and minor formatting changes, from Eric Watt
Forste's "Arkuat's Meme Workshop". I've also commented out stale links.
- Drexler on
Hypertext Publishing and the Evolution of Knowledge
Dawkin's latest, made available by Cosma Shalizi
IntelligentPad Lab and
what they have to say about memes
- Ron Hale-Evans:
Memetics: A Systems Metabiology
- Keith Henson's essay
Onar Aam's papers on memetics
Hans-Cees on Memetics
- Marius Watz's
- Anders Sandberg's Transhuman Memetics
- Principia Cybernetica's Memetics subweb
- Evolutionary epistemology and pancritical rationalism:
- Max More explains Bartley's version of PCR
- Pancritical rationalism (PCR) vis-a-vis classical skepticism
- Why PCR has a "pan" in it.
- Note: PCR is also known as "comprehensively critical rationalism".
- Other things snarfed from Principia Cybernetica:
Why The Meme Factory?
We like the notion of making memes. We think our ideas are infective.