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Comment author: gdville 05 September 2017 07:37:59PM *  0 points [-]

Realizing that this thread is a few years old, I think it is perhaps even more relevant today (with the rise of fake news, etc) than when it was first drafted.

There could be more discussion on symbiosis versus parasitism. I think the biological analogy is great, but need to differentiate the effects on the individual/cell vs. those on the organism/society. Just as with genes, I suspect that the individual/cell success is less important to meme propagation than the success of the organism/society.

Likewise, perhaps some discussion is needed with regards to how we might design/control/counter memes at the society level.

Is it feasible to do this with human level intelligence, or would it take AI superintelligence?

The possibly irrelevant rant is.