To make a meme;

To make a meme

I’m not sure how to preface this, person on the other end of the screen.
But I want to make clear that this is just a ramble. I’ve stayed correct to the best of my ability, but I’m sorry if I step on a favorite theory of yours.

I’m writing this because the meme contest has sent me on an odd curve of learning that I think is interesting enough to share, but also because I don’t think I’ve really contributed anything of value to the community. I do love this, everything about this, and all of you. I just don’t know how to translate things well to an online persona. Often, it’s easier just to be sarcastic an a passive reader until something angers up the blood. I’m trying to make this different.


No talk of memery would be at all complete unless it began with Darwin. (really)

Darwin’s great discovery was that animals change over time - things can “evolve” or adapt to the pressures imposed upon them given sufficient time. This is more or less accepted knowledge, but what may be somewhat less apparent is the mechanism by which this process takes place.

Although genes had long been suspected as the carriers of change (monks v beans, 1866), it was Richard Dawkins who cemented them as the focal point of evolution in his silver-medal work The Selfish Gene. Building on the works of George C. Williams, Dawkins theorizes that depending on your gene’s “closeness” to another, there are different incentives at play, and that your genes are actually the ones calling the shots.

To bastardize for the sake of simplicity, the selfish gene theory means that If dangling from a cliff in front of you is someone who shares 50% your genes, and another who shares 2% - you’re going to save your sister. But there’s more that happens when you save someone…

In the mind of your sister
She’s incredibly grateful, and now see’s you as a hero. Whereas before you were just her stupid brother, now you’ve saved her from certain death. Her genes couldn’t have continued without your intervention…
‘Something’ has changed. The “meta data” is different now (yw coders). You head back into town and your sister tells everyone what you did. Expressing the change in genetic metadata through the medium of sound to whole town – “bro’s a hero”.

All of a sudden this idea that was in her head (you a hero) - something to be thought of as a physical object that resides in her brain – has now spread to the brains of the whole town. Now the whole town now thinks of you, and your genes, differently.
She’s created a meme.

An idea that replicates. Something that rings true and carries from person to person.

Is there someone you respect? Why do you respect them? Why do you dislike those you dislike? How do you share the ideas you have? Which ones catch on?

So that was the first half of Dawkins’ big idea. Genes change and can be shared with each other in myriads of ways that we had not considered. The meme is the base unit by which genes transfer information between each other in a non-reproductive manner. If you’re getting images of little aliens driving around your body as a vessel - you’re not far off. Imagine how people in the 70’s ‘accepted’ the idea. The other half is even better though.

He may have spent the twilight of his career cementing himself as a staunch atheist, but to Biologists he will always be the author of the The Extended Phenotype.

If there is a holy trinity of evolution texts, I would argue that included in them would be The Extended Phenotype (n ill fight u about it). If what Darwin discovered was analogous to electricity, then Dawkins would be Francis Ronalds (First working telegraph, 1816) because he opened it from a static theory to a living, breathing method of communication between the deepest parts of ourselves.

The main theory goes something like; genes make up the things you can’t change about yourself, like your face, hair color, taste for flavor X over Y - but they also express as the things that you CAN change. The clothes you prefer to wear, the car you drive and the siding on your house are all an expression of your genes. Just like how a bird will build a glorious nest to attract a mate, so too will you go out of your way in some predetermined fashion for love. (“love”) Just as easily as you can eat something you don’t like, you can change an extended phenotype to fit in a pinch. You can’t change your genes, but your clever genes have a way of making up for it.

The idea that the reach of our genes extends far, far into the environment is a staggering one, but it’s not the important part.
If you do something outlandish like put a feather in your cap in your quest for power and glory - to ‘display’ is a double-edged sword. You MUST show people your innovation, but in doing so, I can copy your meme.

I can copy it.

This is when it struck me how analogous a profile on Cardano would be to a real-world sharing of ideas.

How many great ideas do you imagine were firewalled into silence? How many geniuses and innovators were stifled because their platforms censored or defunded them? How often has someone claimed to have relevant credentials in an online discussion, but in fact had no such thing.
Cardano finally gives us a transparent platform where we have to represent our real selves in the digital world. A new digital Agora.

A system as transparent and accountable as me looking you in the face and telling you I’m going home and stealing your feather-in-hat idea means that great ideas can spread like wildfire. Great ideas, and great memes, can live and thrive. I think that’s exciting.


==This got clipped out of my final draft as it was getting pretty long, but this is what I wrote after reading Plutus. (Some snippets made it into the post above)==

Aristophanes, the great playwright and author of ‘Plutus’ was no stranger to scapegoats. Living in Greece at a time when the first iterations of lawyers were coming into being, he foresaw the problems that arise when the “self” is no longer on trial. When beautiful yet flawed logic is allowed on the same stage as the truth, anything can become anything. The villain can become the hero. I see Cardano and blockchains as a reinvention of a sovereign self in the digital. The new Agora where we can all come together with our digital histories in tow. Professional people who have never met each other can come together in a safe and free environment and discuss with each other, knowing full well the credentials of the other. Knowing for certain that the person you are speaking with is a person to be trusted.
How magical is that?

In the (amazing) play ‘Plutus’ two friends find the God of wealth, Plutus, staggering around a cave. Blind and dishevelled, having just come from the house of one who did not bathe.
“Why are you here?” - The friends ask.
Plutus explains that Zeus has stricken him blind, and as such, those whom he visits are both the good and the bad. Wealth is visited upon the deserving as well as the undeserving.
“We can make you see again!” Exclaim the friends!
“Noooooo, Zeus would be furious” replies Plutus.
“If he ever found out I would be powerless to stop a greater punishment than blindness”
“You don’t understand!” Exclaim the friends. “The crux of Zeus’ might is the wealth given to him by man. If you were to make everyone wealthy, there would be no reason to offer unto Zeus, because we already have everything we want!”
“Why do people go to work? Why do labourers labour and soldiers soldier. Why do whores whore themselves? It’s all for wealth! It’s all for what you have, Plutus!”
“…I have that power?” Plutus queries?

So the friends go off and give Plutus his sight back, and because of that literally everyone becomes rich.
But there’s a problem. Now that everyone is wealthy, there’s no longer a dynamic of power. No one is willing to do anything for anyone else, because there’s nothing anyone wants.
The most comical of this is the rich old lady who can’t find anymore boy-toys because, well, why would you?
Maybe there will be some post-Plutus problems like these for someone reading this post :wink:

This is all so interesting and relevant, isn’t it? The problems of wealth, identity and vision.
The reinstatement of self-responsibility, the ability to commerce with people and KNOW what their qualifications are. The ability to vote and be counted.
So now that we have this freedom, what are we going to do with it? This was my big ‘sad’ after mulling over the meme contest and reading the Selfish Gene and Plutus.
What viral idea do I have that can spread to people? I don’t think I have one. I hope you have one. A sad thought is how many potential artists, poets and meme creators have been fire-walled. How many artists live and die not creating because their medium has not been invented yet?


What is the point of this post ?

I guess the “random” and “fun” tags didn’t do it for ya?

Nope I think it is plagiarized, eg not your writing but copy paste of random text.

It’s absolutely dripping with slang, jokes and odd wording. 100% my own.
I challenge you to find an author as lazy as I

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Cardano was the meme all along?!

A truly great read. Didn’t expect to fully enjoy reading this wall of text. I can make a meme out of this!
I recall encountering the word “meme” around 2007 and was used in the context of “a viral idea” but post 2009 had morphed it in my head into “funny images within a certain context.”

Are you from a literature field? Because your choice of words are delicious and nutritious.

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That’s what got me! haha. Its like the meme infrastructure.
I’ve always loved evolutionary biology, so it was nice to go back an re-read through this new lens of technology.
Long live the meme.

I usually do fiction or short stories about northern life/ things that happen to me. I’m a physical therapist by trade

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