Memetics is the study of ideas and concepts viewed as "living" organisms, capable of reproduction and evolution in an "Ideosphere" (similar to the Biosphere) consisting of the collective of human minds. Memes reproduce by spreading to new hosts, who will spread them further (typical examples are jokes, catchphrases or politicial ideas).
At present memetics is somewhat controversial. Partly this is due to misunderstandings about what it means, leading to claims that it excludes human free will, creativity and progress, and that it is bad science. This will likely change in time, as the field matures.
Journal of Memetics: Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission. A peer-reviewed academic net-journal of memetics.
Memetics: On a conceptual framework for cultural evolution by Hans-Cees Speel. How memetics as a topic can help to integrate ideas from different disciplines
Memetic Science: I - General introduction by Elan Moritz. An attempt to formulate a rigorous foundation for discussion of memes and approaches to quantifying aspects of meme activity.
Units, Events and Dynamics in Memetic Evolution by Aaron Lynch. An attempt to put memetics on a sound scientific basis.
Memetic Lexicon by Glenn Grant.
The Lifecycle of Memes by Henrik Bjarneskans, Bjarne Grønnevik and Anders Sandberg.
Memetics: A Systems Metabiology by Ron Hale-Evans.
Memes Meta-Memes and Politics by Keith Henson.
Hypertext Publishing and the Evolution of Knowledge by K. Eric Drexler.
The applications of memetics are endless. Marketing, epistemology, psychology, idea history, information management, ideology... all can use memetics, for good and evil.
Of Man, Mind and Machine. Meme-Based Models of Mind and the Possibility for Consciousness in Alternate Media, by Joshua S. Latenier.
Memetic Engineering By James Gardner (Wired 4.05 May 1996). About the social and philosophical implications of a meme-centered worldview.
The Church of Virus. A memetically designed religion.
The New Meme by David Brin. An essay about the memetics of critical thinking, science, optimism and tolerance.
About the memes of cryonics by Keith Henson and Arel Lucas.
Meme and Variations: A Computational Model of Cultural Evolution by Liane Gabora, in 1993 Lectures in Complex Systems edited by Lynn Nadel and Daniel Stein, published by Addison Wessley, 1995. Using memetics to evolve better movement strategies.
Brain Tennis Debate about Memetics between Aaron Lynch and Richard Barbrook.
Memesis Symposium. A net symposium before Ars Electronica 96.Good Times Virus Hoax FAQ. One of the most successful memes loose on the Net.
Strolling Through the Memetic Mine Field by Leon Felkins (The Ethical Spectavle Oct 1995). Lists and attacks some of the more common memes around us.
The Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame. A tool to evaluate the danger of cults. It is of some memetic interest if the factors are interpreted as properties of the meme.
The Holy Salvation Meme by Greg Erwin, a parody of many religious memes.
The C-Realm - Is it a cartoon? Is it a meme? It is C!
The Fish Wars. First there was the Jesus Fish, then the Darwin Fish appeared...
Replicator, a poem by Joel Meulenberg.
Frankly, I have no ability to keep up with this quickly evolving area. These pages deal with it more in depth.
Memes: Introduction node in Principia Cybernetica.
Memetics on the Web. Memetic publications with short descriptions.
Memetik Special of Telepolis (in German).
Links on Evolutionary Theory and Memetics in Principia Cybernetica.
FAQ from alt.memetics.
Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene, Oxford University Press 1979. A classic about evolution and selfish replicators.
On Viral Sentences and Self-Replicating Structures by Douglas R. Hofstadter, Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern, 1985, Basic Books.
Review of Memes: the New Replicators by Damien Sullivan.
Relevant newsgroup: alt.memetics
Anders Sandberg / firstname.lastname@example.org 2000-03-11