On Selfish Memes
AbstractWe present the formal definition of meme in the sense of the equivalence between memetics and the theory of cultural evolution. From the formal definition we find that culture can be seen analytically and persuade that memetic gives important role in the exploration of sociological theory, especially in the cultural studies. We show that we are not allowed to assume meme as smallest information unit in cultural evolution in general, but it is the smallest information we use on explaining cultural evolution. We construct a computational model and do simulation in advance presenting the selfish meme powerlaw distributed. The simulation result shows that the contagion of meme as well as cultural evolution is a complex adaptive system. Memetics is the system and art of importing genetics to social sciences.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Bandung Fe Institute in its series Departmental Working Papers with number wpg2004.
Date of creation: Apr 2004
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meme; memetics; memeplex; cultural evolution; cultural unit; complex system.;
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