Memetic Drift

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memetic drift

Accumulated mis-replications; (the rate of) memetic mutation or evolution. Written texts tend to slow the memetic drift of dogmas (Henson).[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

From Law of Leaky Abstractions

Memetic drift affects words and meanings and thus definitions, thus to truly understand the other person, one must to borrow a phrase, understand where they are coming from. to understand their frames of reference. This would allow a better transfer of information, of meanings and of memes[10]

memetic drift of language can also facilitate this notion of abstraction distance your ingroup can have its own similarities in abstractions so you come to similar conclusions ergo group think but to common plebs you have abstract distance why silicon valley has group think.

The problem of fuzzy definitions. As you can understand, mind and reality are hard to define, many have tried, many still try. Try to define a meme without referring to itself or strange loops. Definitions are changing, chaos increases, look how much our language has changed, & within our lifetimes, see there is an acceleration. Due to the increased memetic velocity of a new subtrate of memes that is social media, crowd dynamics are more non linear.

Memetic drift is a problem in translation and in language

derived from the phenomena in genetic science, genetic drift

see also mimetic drift

from the wiki : Template:Orphan Mimetic drift describes the flow of memes across a social group. A typical usage can be seen in the edition of The Harrow Technology Report dated 22 December 2003.[11]

The phrase was used as the title of a short story by science fiction author Glenn Grant.[12]



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  11. "Within months `Murphy's Law' had spread to various technical cultures connected to aerospace engineering. Before too many years had gone by variants had passed into the popular imagination, changing as they went. Most of these are variants on "Anything that can go wrong, will," but as we'll see in a moment, this is correctly referred to as Finagle's Law. The mimetic drift apparent in these mutants clearly demonstrates Murphy's Law acting on itself!"
  12. Jason Harrison's "Cyberpunk" reading list