posted on Feb, 1 2016 @ 10:43 PM
Some good definitions of meme were offered earlier in the thread. But conceptually, analogically, I like to imagine that memes are like symbolic
packets of data in the zeitgeist. Another analogy I like for them is, "mini-archetypes." In the way that we see evolved species in their "present
form" but they mutated and evolved in myriad ways leading up to this point over great expanses of time, I like to imagine cultural and psychological
archetypes are the fully formed conceptual "species" and memes are the evolving, mutative stages that might lead to the creation of archetypes - or
For example, the way green has come to mean go, and red stop. That's not a universally embraced idea everywhere in the world. Yet in certain subsets
of civilization, it's taken as a given. Where did that concept come from? How did it spread? How did the concept replicate itself from mind to mind
until it became an accepted construct that is now largely taken for granted in those places where it is thusly used and thought of? I would say that's
a form of meme on its way to becoming an archetype. Or not.
But this is just my weird conceptual way of thinking about it.