By Sylvain Magne
The work I am presenting here is a personal theoretical work in continuity with the concept of replicator as Richard Dawkins defined in his book, The Selfish Gene. My work does not compete with that of Richard Dawkins, it seeks to complement it. I try to offer here a more fundamental definition of the concept of replicator in the hope that this definition will help us to, at least, better understand the nature of replicators and at best, help build a stronger theory of memetics.
In this first part I will quickly introduce the ideas that govern memetics and explain how memetics is based on known scientific concepts such as Darwin’s theory of evolution and the concept of replicator. We will also see what is interesting about memetics and why it is a science that deserves to be developed. Then we will point out the current weaknesses of the memetic model and what can be improved.
In this second part I will present my redefinition of the concept of replicator which, I hope, will allow us to study the replicator at a more fundamental level. This could then enable us to better understand the nature of the replicator and its effects on a larger scale, to better define the concept of meme and the science of memetics itself, its future tools and methods of study.
We'll finally be able to use the new definition of replicator to redefine the concept of meme and explore it further.
Once the model established we will enter into a study of memetic wildlife. What we know about biological evolution and the model that I propose will help us understand the workings of memetic evolution. A huge task remains for which I will attempt here to propose directions of study and methods of analysis.
In this last chapter, we will observe the possible consequences that memetics could have on various aspects of human culture.