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Move Your Feet | Know Your Meme

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Move Your Feet | Know Your Meme.

Meme meme (mm) n. A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another. [Shortening (modeled on gene), of mimeme from Greek mimma, something imitated, from mimeisthai, to imitate. See mimesis.]

meme /meem/ [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.

The term is used especially in the phrase “meme complex” denoting a group of mutually supporting memes that form an organised belief system, such as a religion. However, “meme” is often misused to mean “meme complex”.

Use of the term connotes acceptance of the idea that in humans (and presumably other tool- and language-using sophonts) cultural evolution by selection of adaptive ideas has become more important than biological evolution by selection of hereditary traits. Hackers find this idea congenial for tolerably obvious reasons.

-meme /meem/ n. [coined by analogy with `gene’, by Richard Dawkins] An idea considered as a replicator, esp. with the connotation that memes parasitize people into propagating them much as viruses do. Used esp. in the phrase `meme complex’ denoting a group of mutually supporting memes that form an organized belief system, such as a religion. This lexicon is an (epidemiological) vector of the `hacker subculture‘ meme complex; each entry might be considered a meme. However, `meme’ is often misused to mean `meme complex’. Use of the term connotes acceptance of the idea that in humans (and presumably other tool- and language-using sophonts) cultural evolution by selection of adaptive ideas has superseded biological evolution by selection of hereditary traits. Hackers find this idea congenial for tolerably obvious reasons. Source: Jargon File 4.2.0

Source: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © 1993-2001 Denis Howe and http://www.dictionary.com

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Call for Artists… ring, ring: HELLO

Call for Artists.

1239 Congress is seeking artists to display their works at our community arts space during the 2nd Saturday Art Walk. 

The deadline for artists interested in having their works displayed is April 1st. If selected, the artists will have until the 7th to install and the following week to make any last minutes changes in installation.

Please send photographs of work along with a brief artist statement and installation concept. 

Please do not feel discouraged if you are not chosen for this month’s show, as we are trying to build and conceptualize for the upcoming months as well. 

For more information about our community art space check out our NolaVie article http://www.nola.com/nolavie/index.ssf/2012/03/1239_congress_fights_blight_wi.html

 

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Jacques Derrida in 1 Minute

"Certain readers resented me when they could no longer recognize their territory, their institution."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Derrida

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A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom: THE FOUR AGREEMENTS

Summary of the Four Agreements.

A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

The link above will take you to a webpage that sums up the The Four Agreements as written by don Miguel Ruiz.

These are simple but powerful personal codes of conduct that can rapidly transform your life and experiences.

If you haven’t read this book before then I would suggest it to anyone who is interested in living peacefully and truly free…

If you have read the book before then I would suggest reading it again if it has been awhile…  I just did a re-read after a five year period and found even more insight into expanding/improving my way of life.

The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz (A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom/A Toltec Wisdom Book) is an inspiring book with ongoing lessons we can all learn from.

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