[ExI] Memes, genes Gregory Clark

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Wed Sep 15 02:31:32 UTC 2010

 I agree that the genetics of the carrier is very important. However I would go on to say that IMHO the main reason that memes fail to spread within certain society groups is in fact due to other memes. Call them antimemes if you will.
These are information antidotes to any given meme. Such as understanding the science of evolution vs creationism. However the order in which the meme/antimeme are presented is important. If exposure to one comes before the other then it is more likely to take hold and be much harder to replace with its antithesis.
This leads me to believe that taking an antimeme approach to a societal problem would be very beneficial, especially if the young of that society were 'vaccinated' before exposure to a destructive meme.

 This is in reality almost the opposite to what we generally do. Far too often we shield our young from destructive memes in the hope they will not be exposed. Then on exposure we have an uphill struggle to inject a sufficient antidote.



-----Original Message-----
From: Keith Henson <hkeithhenson at gmail.com>
To: extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org
Sent: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 22:39
Subject: [ExI] Memes, genes Gregory Clark

>But you really need to go deeper and ask why some memes do very well
>in one population and not as well in others?  Why are some people much
>more susceptible to certain memes than others?  And why do some memes
>come and go in the whole population?  I can't answer all these
>questions, but I make the case that the host substrate for memes
>(genetically shaped people) is important.

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