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Susan Blackmore

Susan Jane Blackmore is a British writer, lecturer, sceptic, broadcaster, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. Her fields of research include memetics, parapsychology, consciousness, and she is best known for her book The Meme Machine. She has written or contributed to over 40 books and 60 scholarly articles and is a contributor to The Guardian newspaper.

Blogdex

Blogdex was an online resource for understanding hot topics of discussion in the blogosphere. The site offered a time-weighted list of links to online content cited by more than one monitored blog in the recent past. Each link received a score based both on the number of different blogs citing it and the recency of those citings; the list thus typically features both popular oddities of the day as well as informative and/or controversial source material for current topics of public debate. Despite its explicit focus on blogs, it can be thought of as the original memetracker, and the inspir ...

Daniel Dennett

Daniel Clement Dennett III is an American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. As of 2017, he is the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. Dennett is an atheist and secularist, a member of the Secular Coalition for America advisory board, and a member of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, as well as an outspoken support ...

Memetic engineering

Memetic engineering is a term developed by Leveious Rolando, John Sokol, and Gibron Burchett based on Richard Dawkins theory of memes. The process of modifying human beliefs, thought patterns, etc. The process of creating and developing theories or ideologies based on an analytical study of societies, cultures, their ways of thinking and the evolution of their minds. The process of developing memes, through meme-splicing and memetic synthesis, with the intent of altering the behavior of others in society or humanity. In contrast, gutation is a term developed by Erik Buitenhuis and is: The ...

Douglas Hofstadter

Douglas Richard Hofstadter is an American scholar of cognitive science, physics, and comparative literature whose research includes concepts such as the sense of self in relation to the external world, consciousness, analogy-making, artistic creation, literary translation, and discovery in mathematics and physics. Hofstadters book Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, first published in 1979, won both the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction and a National Book Award for Science. His 2007 book I Am a Strange Loop won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology.

Ideosphere

The ideosphere, much like the noosphere, is the realm of memetic evolution, just like the biosphere is the realm of biological evolution. It is the "place" where thoughts, theories and ideas are thought to be created, evaluated and evolved. The health of an ideosphere can be measured by its memetic diversity. The ideosphere is not considered to be a physical place by most people. It is instead "inside the minds" of all the humans in the world. It is also, sometimes, believed that the Internet, books and other media could be considered to be part of the ideosphere. Alas, as such media are n ...

Aaron Lynch (writer)

Aaron Lynch was an American writer, best known for his book Thought Contagion: How Belief Spreads Through Society.

Memetic-computing

Memetic Computing is a novel computational paradigm that incorporates the notion of meme as basic units of transferable information encoded in computational representations for boosting the performance of artificial evolutionary systems in the domain of search and optimization. The term memetic computing is often unassumingly misinterpreted to mean the same thing as memetic algorithms MAs that typically hybridize population-based global search algorithms with one or more local search schemes. Notably, memetic computing offers a much more broader scope, perpetuating the idea of memes into c ...

Memetracker

A memetracker is a tool for studying the migration of memes across a group of people. The term is typically used to describe websites that either: allow users to vote for links to web pages that they find of interest. analyze blog posts to determine what web pages are being discussed or cited most often on the World Wide Web, or Sites in the latter group are often referred to as social media sites.

Meme pool

A meme pool is the sum total of all memes present in a given human population. The term is analogous to gene pool. The meme pool is in essence the matrix of the whole of the culture of a population. Because the memes of instruction of production of material culture are included, then the entire culture, including material culture and interactions between individuals is determined by information held within the meme pool. The state of a meme pool determines what sort of memes will be reproductive, and in this way it may be thought of as the meme-logical environment. Examples of meme pools m ...