RE: MEMES: and things.

John Holmes (
Wed, 3 Nov 1999 17:37:15 -0500

it seems important to point out that replicators separate from a context of variation and selection are unimportant and uninteresting. memes and genes both fit these requirements, while most computer viruses do not.

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[]On Behalf Of Ken Clements Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 1999 5:50 PM To:
Subject: Re: MEMES: and things.

I think the third kind of replicator is any self propagating pattern in an artificial context that does not require any human neurons. The computer virus
fits in this class. If humans are not required to support the context (Gray Goo) then I would put it in class four. If androids dream of electric sheep,
they may be in yet another.


Anders Sandberg wrote:

> writes:
> > Humans have two kinds of replicators working on them unlike every other
> > biological known. Consequently this explains why humanity is so
> > over everything else.
> To continue the series: what would it be to have *three* kinds of
> replicators?
> Genes, memes and... ?
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