MetaMeme - noun. (Meh'tuh-Meem)
[Origin: Colorado, 2002]
- Meta (meh'tuh) [Origin: Ancient Greek]
Beyond; transcending; more comprehensive. A prefix meaning one level of description higher.
- Meme (meem) [Origin: Ancient Greek mimma
- mimeme] A unit of cultural information, such as a practice or idea,
that is transmitted verbally or by action from one mind to another.
[By analogy with "gene"]
Richard Dawkins's term for an idea considered as a replicator, especially
with the connotation that memes parasitise people into propagating them
- much as viruses do. Memes can be considered the unit of
cultural evolution. Ideas can evolve in a way analogous to biological
evolution. Some ideas survive better than others; ideas can mutate through,
for example, misunderstandings; and two ideas can recombine to produce
a new idea involving elements of each parent idea.
Literally MetaMeme is the meme about memes; one layer above, or the transcendent meme.
The impact of memes is a powerful force witnessed everywhere consciousness exists;
from language, agriculture, art and literature - to global communication, space exploration, and consciousness expansion.
Looking at the bigger picture, one may understand how memetics can be used as a tool to influence
evolution beyond genetic hardwiring.
The course of our evolution can now be guided by thoughtful application
of our genetic inheritance: INTELLIGENCE.
See also our Manifesto
See also the Wikipedia entry