We recently discussed Carl Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious and how I thought that meme’s are present day expressions emerging from society to become a part of our collective unconscious. The reason these two concepts came together in my mind is that the pods of information contained in meme’s are the engines that keep me writing. Well yes, I am capable of original thought, but the meme writing instinct is a strong drive within me. That’s my confession. Since I never tend to leave things dangling I decided to look deeper into the creation of meme’s. Here’s what I have found so far.
A Bite-sized Piece of Culture.
” Most of what is unusual about man can be summed up one word.” writes evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene. “The Culture.”
“But what does culture have to do with evolutionary biology? Like genes, he argues, cultural transmission creates a pathway to evolution.”
” I think a new kind of replicator has recently emerged on this very planet,” Dawkins writes. ” It is staring at us in the face. It is still in its infancy, still drifting clumsily about in its evolutionary change at a rate that leaves old gene panting far behind. The new soup in the soup of human culture.”
A genetic replicator is a machine that produces new organisms from a Genetic Template with all chromosomes filled. (m.ftbwiki.org)
Dawkins needed a new noun to describe this concept of the transmission of an idea. He initially toyed with the Greek word mimeme, meaning imitation, but he wanted something shorter that gestured to the English gene. He landed on MEME.
Life can hardly get any more interesting. Meme’s are an genetic evolutionary expression. Who would have guessed? I just love it,
Excerpts from: sciencefriday.com
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