RE: MEMES: and things.
Tue, 23 Nov 1999 09:37:34 +0000

What about archetype?

If the Gene is a physical replicator, and the Meme is a mental replicator, can the Archetype be a spiritual replicator?

(from Greek archetypos, "original pattern"), in literary criticism, a primordial image, character, or pattern of circumstances that recurs throughout literature and thought consistently enough to be considered a universal concept or situation. The term was adopted by literary critics from the writings of the psychologist Carl Jung, who formulated a theory of a "collective unconscious." For Jung, the varieties of human experience have somehow been genetically coded and transferred to successive generations. These primordial image patterns and situations evoke startlingly similar feelings in both reader and author.

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Anders wrote

> To continue the series: what would it be to have *three* kinds of
> replicators?
> Genes, memes and... ?

That theory about baby universes being created through black holes, and the idea that laws of the universe might form a kind of genetic code equivalent for universes; doesn't that fit in here?

(picking up a dropped thread)