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Thursday, January 20, 2005

The Lifecycle of Memes

Found this informative paper - The Lifecycle of Memes - written by Henrik Bjarneskans, Bjarne Grønnevik and Anders Sandberg. They have analyzed three well-known memes to examine their lifecycle. They say that a meme has to complete a cycle again and again - and that it will die if it is unable to complete the cycle. But... this was the best part...

"Before our paper ends, we will inform you of our until now secret sub-goal with this paper. It is our intention that by now you, by reading this text, has been infected with one of the strongest memes on the planet: The Meta-Meme, e.g. the meme about the theory of memes. It is our sincere hope that you will tell your friends about this (yes, transmission and further infection) or maybe even let them read this paper. In either case, unless you carry a very strong vaccine, we made you a host. And you didn't even flinch. You should be lucky we are not after your money..."

So, I decided to help them perpetuate it.


  • Having read "The selvish Gene" and "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson, I came to a frightning chain of thoughts. Consider:

    "In the beginning was the word, and the word was God" (Genesis, Bible) from the perspective of 'Memes as a viral and 'living entity' '. Then take the story of Adam and Eve, losing their innocense by "eating the apple of knowledge [of good and evil]".

    It scared the hell out of me. :-)

    By Blogger PeterK, at 11:48 am  

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