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The memespace is an abstract cultural container populated by memes. The term meme (pronounced in IPA; from the Greek word for memory) was introduced by Richard Dawkins in 1976 in his book The Selfish Gene. ...


Memes are similar to genes and viruses in that they tend to propagate, evolve, corrupt and mutate. All these actions take place in the memespace. As a direct result, the memespace is considered volatile and prone to errors and corruption without rigorous error correction. This stylistic schematic diagram shows a gene in relation to the double helix structure of DNA and to a chromosome (right). ... Three types of viruses: a bacterial virus, otherwise called a bacteriophage (left center); an animal virus (top right); and a retrovirus (bottom right). ... This article is about biological evolution. ... This article is about mutation in biology, for other meanings see: mutation (disambiguation). ... In computer science and information theory, error correction consists of using methods to detect and/or correct errors in the transmission or storage of data by the use of some amount of redundant data and (in the case of transmission) the selective retransmission of incorrect segments of the data. ...


Memetic engineering, marketing, advertising, brainwashing, disinformation, doctrine, evangelism, indoctrination, education, promotion, propaganda, publicity, and other forms of cultural mutation develop in the memespace. Traditionally, Marketing has been a term applied to the craft of linking the producers (or potential producers) of a product or service with customers, both existing and potential. ... Generally speaking, advertising is the paid promotion of goods, services, companies and ideas by an identified sponsor. ... Brainwashing or thought reform is the application of coercive techniques to change a persons beliefs and behavior for political purposes, as supposedly carried out by the Communist Chinese during the Korean War. ... Disinformation, in the context of espionage, military intelligence, and propaganda, is the spreading of deliberately false information to mislead an enemy as to ones position or course of action. ... Doctrine, from Latin doctrina, (compare doctor), means a body of teachings or instructions, taught principles or positions, as the body of teachings in a branch of knowledge or belief system. ... Evangelism is the preaching of the Christian Gospel, or by extension any other form of preaching or proselytizing. ... The word indoctrination has accumulated negative connotations over the past century. ... Promotion is one of the four aspects of marketing. ... North Korean propaganda showing a soldier destroying the United States Capitol building. ... Publicity is one of the variables that comprise the promotional mix. ...


The concept of the memespace requires a belief that the mind—and the collective mind, culture—is programmable. Memespace is adapted from namespace and assumes that human culture is programmable. In programming parlance, the memesphere is defined as cultural standard input while the memespace is defined as the cultural namespace. Culture refers to the customs, arts, attitudes, institutions, and other traits that characterize a particular society or nation. ... In general, a namespace is an abstract container, which is or could be filled by names, or technical terms, or words, and these represent (stand for) real-world things. ... The word culture comes from the Latin root colere (to inhabit, to cultivate, or to honor). ... Computer programming (often simply programming) is the craft of implementing one or more interrelated abstract algorithms using a particular programming language to produce a concrete computer program. ... The standard streams are a set of input and output channels featured in Unix and Unix-like operating systems, and provided by the standard I/O library (stdio. ...


Reference quotations

"We do not need a better definition of the word meme, what we need is a better classification of the different 'species' that exist in memespace." [1]  (http://maxwell.lucifer.com/virus/alt.memetics/cybervirus.html)
"Meme theory makes the claim that we can absorb new memes at any time, and incorporate them into our existing memespace, thereby making a new copy of that meme." [2]  (http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?MemesPropagateByConsumption)

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