There are many references to the idea of the meme as a parasite, starting with the originator Richard Dawkins: “When you plant a fertile meme in my mind you literally parasitize my brain, turning it into a vehicle for the meme’s propagation in just the way that a virus may parasitize the genetic mechanism of a host cell.”

When we try to conceive of the idea of the space between – not the human, not the object but the space between the two, it is easy to consider this as a relationship one feeding of another but as Dennett defined it is not necesarily one leaching off another “although some of them are bound to be pernicious—parasites, not mutualists— others are profound enhancers of the native competences of the hosts they infect.”

So memes can be parasitic or enhancing, which seems to indicate that the meme has an identity or a role, rather than just an item acted upon.

The space appears to have a control


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