Can a thought or an idea possess a conscious all of its own? Can a thought live, evolve and reproduce through its hosts?
We’re all aware of internet memes, but the concept was around long before anybody regularly used computers, let alone the internet. The idea of
ideas as being a unit of social evolution was first thought of back in the 1900s and presented itself a number of times in literature before becoming
popularized by Dawkins in ‘The Selfish Gene’, and finally coming into its own as the internet moved out of the realm of the military and
universities and into the homes of everyday people.
Author Malcolm Gladwell wrote, "A meme is an idea that behaves like a virus--that moves through a population, taking hold in each person it infects."
Memes can replicate vertically or horizontally within a single biological generation. They may also lie dormant for long periods of time. Memes spread
by the behaviors that they generate in their hosts. Imitation counts as an important characteristic in the propagation of memes. But any idea which
spreads can be termed a meme - fashion, popular music, or new ways of thinking are all examples.
A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted
from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural
analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate and respond to selective pressures.
The word 'meme' was coined by the British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene (1976) as a concept for discussion of
evolutionary principles in explaining the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena. Examples of memes given in the book included melodies,
catch-phrases, fashion and the technology of building arches.
Advocates of the meme idea say that memes may evolve by natural selection in a manner analogous to that of biological evolution. Memes do this through
the processes of variation, mutation, competition and inheritance, each of which influence a meme's reproductive success.
Memes spread through the behaviors that they generate in their hosts. Memes that propagate less prolifically may become extinct, while others may
survive, spread and (for better or for worse) mutate. Memes that replicate most effectively
Above shows how thoughts and ideas can spread through minds like a virus through the office on Monday. But can our thoughts form a consciousness all
on their own? Is it possible that these ideas themselves become entities, possessing some semblance of independent will in order to further propagate
themselves into other minds in order to continue their existence?
The thoughtform is a concept known quite well known in paganism, also known as the Tulpa in Tibetan Mysticism. It is the creation of semi-conscious
noncorporeal entity, a manifestation of mental energy created to carry out a task, protect something, or often for some other reason. Many many moons
ago back in my pagan days I myself was involved in the creation of a thoughtform made in order to protect an area which was special to us from
vandalism and misuse by the local kids. I know for a fact that it is still present, and the area still remains undisturbed despite being only a
kilometre or so in the forest near a large housing estate, even after nearly a decade after its initial creation. A thoughtform itself can be
purposefully created by the practitioner, or it can be an indirect manifestation of an individual or groups psychic energy. When these emotions are
extreme or negative they can take the form of ghosts or poltergeists, and can be present long after its creator has passed away.
And finally there’s the idea that we ourselves are merely individual thoughts from the Ultimate Source. That there is only one infinite being,
having infinite dreams of being infinite lives. If we ourselves are ultimately the dreamer, the great thinker whose mind puts the star in their orbits
and the moon on its course, if it is indeed our mind that has manifested the universe around us, is it really a small leap to say we can can create a
consciousness completely 'independent' to that of our own on this plane of illusion?
……..just some thoughts to ponder
edit on 26/11/2011 by 1littlewolf because: (no reason given)