Memes and genes: A lesson in memeology

10 months ago

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This post is not directly connected to Smoke or cannabis, but being the person that I am, I feel the need to explain a couple of things, so you can understand my philosopy on life, the Universe and everything else. As a stoner, making and browsing for memes are one of my favotite activities when I'm high. Creating memes is an artform in itself, and that’s why so many people fail to get them. I want to start of on the right foot with memes on Smoke, before the flood of spam starts. This will give us an advantage against spam and will help BUIDL a cannabis-cenetred community that enjoys good weed and dank memes. By giving an example, more people will follow, and this is exactly why memes exist in the first place.

It's in our DNA

Since the beginning of human thought memes act as an essential part in our collective consciousness even if we don't realize it. They function like a database of ideas that have been passed throughout human history. According to Wikipedia:

A meme is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture—often with the aim of conveying a particular phenomenon, theme, or meaning represented by the meme. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices, that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures.

We, as human beings learn by copying others, it is in our nature. What we often subconsciously do is to copy, transform and create behavioural patterns that lead to new ones. Just like the DNA molecule copying itself as it transforms into a new one. Adaptation to an everchanging environment is how life survived on this rocky planet.

Connecting the dots

With the birth of the Web and social media a new form of medium emerged - the internet meme. A funny picture often accompanied by a caption. For most people today a meme is just that and discard them as being anything more than just a joke they saw on the web. What most fail to realize is that the internet meme gave us the absolute freedom to express ourselves and our ideas without being ridiculed. Take Dogecoin for example. It started as a harmless free cryotocurrency based around a funny dog. And look where Dogecoin stands today with a multimillion market cap. Pretty nice for a joke. Do not underestimate the power of the collective thought. Memes are more powerful than we think!
I would like to leave you with my favorite stoner and mentor, who predicted the raise of the internet meme almost 30 years ago and how culture and memes shaped our history.

Terrance McKenna on memes and culture



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Memes can actually play an important role in subtle distribution of information. While there are few memes just for laughs, there are few with a hint of truth which definitely makes you think.

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I agree. Through comedy and humor we can shed light on many truths that we don't normally talk about.

Are we reading Dawkins?

I think he pioneered this term but I don't think he meant it in a sort of a way where he refers to pictures with a text. Also, it is only unproven theory.

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Yes, yes and yes.

I accidentally this post.

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Glad you did :)

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I love Memes and Dogecoin.