Friday, July 31, 2009

What's in a name?

Susan Blackmore observes that along with genes and 'memes', there is a new 'replicator' of information:

There is a new kind of information: electronically processed binary information rather than memes. There is also a new kind of copying machinery: computers and servers rather than brains. But are all three critical stages carried out by that machinery?

What to call it, as Boing-Boing asks:

She doesn't have a name for it, but it's related to the difference she sees between memes and digital information.

And New Scientist even has a contest.

Well...denes, obviously. (Or maybe 'demes' if you want to vary the variant rather than the original.)

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