Re: The Human Memeome Project

Michael Lorrey (
Wed, 16 Sep 1998 18:30:34 -0400

Joe Jenkins wrote:

> The Human Memeome Project,
> This might be a good place to start for memetic engineers. Use data
> mining on the net to gather replicating ideas and identify allies.
> Without AI, a lot of the meme pool would be missed, but maybe a lot of
> them could be found with simple algorithms. Who knows until you try
> it. It's not like were trying to capture all ideas ever born, just
> those that are currently replicating.
> The biggest problem is excluding the right sites in order to make "The
> Net Memeome Project" representative of "The Human Memeome Project". I
> would start with excluding commercial and most adult sites.

I don't think so. Since sex/reproduction is the prime motivator for the vast majority of humanity, leaving it out is stupid, puritanical and disingenuous.

> The more I think about it, the more I think this is a pretty far
> fetched idea (I'm good at those). At the same time, I think the right
> person could do something useful with it.

You are basically wanting to catalogue an index for a super-search engine.

Mike Lorrey