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The selfish gene | #memes #book

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 MEMES: THE NEW REPLICATORS 

 

"The new soup is the soup of human culture. We need a name for the new replicator, a noun that conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. 'Mimeme' comes from a suitable Greek root, but I want a monosyllable that sounds a bit like 'gene'. I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate mimeme to meme* If it is any consolation, it could alternatively be thought of as being related to 'memory', or to the French word meme. It should be pronounced to rhyme with 'cream'. 

 

Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leaping from body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation. 

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luiy's curator insight, May 31, 2014 7:35 AM

 MEMES: THE NEW REPLICATORS 

 

"The new soup is the soup of human culture. We need a name for the new replicator, a noun that conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. 'Mimeme' comes from a suitable Greek root, but I want a monosyllable that sounds a bit like 'gene'. I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate mimeme to meme* If it is any consolation, it could alternatively be thought of as being related to 'memory', or to the French word meme. It should be pronounced to rhyme with 'cream'. 

 

Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leaping from body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation. If a scientist hears, or reads about, a good idea, he passes it on to his colleagues and students. He mentions it in his articles and his lectures. If the idea catches on, it can be said to propagate itself, spreading from brain to brain. As my colleague N. K. Humphrey neatly summed up an earlier draft of this chapter:'... memes should be regarded as living structures, not just metaphorically but technically.* When you plant a fertile meme in my mind you literally parasitize my brain, turning it into a vehicle for the meme's propagation in just the way that a virus may parasitize the genetic mechanism of a host cell. And this isn't just a way of talking—the meme for, say, "belief in life after death" is actually realized physically, millions of times over, as a structure in the nervous systems of individual men the world over.' "

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Data Everywhere: #DataAnthropology, Quantified Self, Machine Data, Human Centered Design, and more | #bigdata #opendata

Data Everywhere: #DataAnthropology, Quantified Self, Machine Data, Human Centered Design, and more | #bigdata #opendata | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
In mid-February, Strata returns to Santa Clara for its fourth year. Since the conference started, it’s grown in size and scope, broadening its focus to include design...

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Working Groups: the #self-organising revolution | The Future of #Occupy | #cooperation #augmented

Working Groups: the #self-organising revolution | The Future of #Occupy | #cooperation #augmented | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

"As the regular General Assemblies are where all constituents gather to listen and contribute to the discussions using the methodology of the ‘stack’, which allows anyone seeking to propose a group or report on current activities,  joins a queue and takes their turn to speak. This allows each their turn to vocalise and articulate for all to hear and vote on. In a ‘leaderless’ holarchic society, the necessity for a self organising infrastructure to support the intrinsic momentum, and the forum to  voice the fomenting  processes of each, are both vital components. What is being revealed here is the desire for a new manner of building community, responsive to those who have been inspired to collaborate, as working groups become the lifeblood of the movement."


Via june holley, Howard Rheingold
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People work together well when the flexible framework of working groups accommodates their natural inclination to co-operate within the context of a big vision. They are a testament to our determination to stand up against disempowerment. We realise a greater autonomy when we work together in co-operative engagement inspired by our desire for freedom. This, to me, is the power of Working Groups.

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MyKLogica's curator insight, February 18, 2014 2:05 PM

Cuando el fenómeno de la holacracia se extiende a la sociedad.

Ali Anani's curator insight, February 24, 2014 12:50 AM

Self-organizing or controlling? Which do you see fitter?

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 14, 2014 8:59 AM
Working Groups: the self-organising revolution | The Future of Occupy