Replicator

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When replication hosts  some existentially self-amplifying copying errors, it is called ‘evolution’.

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A replicator is anything that gets, directly or indirectly, copied.

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Survival of the fittest amounts to survival of the best replicating mechanism. It has nothing to do with strength, agility, longevity, happiness  or extraordinary intelligence. Even a shorter-lived replicator that is better at being copied become more abundant than a durable, long-lived one.

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Biological evolution is actually a contest between pieces of DNA to see which of them could make the most copies of themselves.

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A virus, whether genetic or memetic,  exists because a copying mechanism might not be equipped with a screening plugin.

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A virus is one of the mechanisms for copying and dispersing information in the universe.

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A virus is one of the universal replicators for copying and dispersing information in the universe.

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The human mind is the most advanced copying mechanism of all.

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The four variedly robust   characteristics of a replicator: penetration, copying, issuing instructions, and spreading.

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Human culture is best identified as a meme pool.

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We should put our meme pool to work for humanity’s best interests.

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Since our biological default plugin for understanding isn’t designed to understand what happens over millions or billions of years, Darwinism seems weird.

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Things or forms change. It is called entropy. By ‘evolution’, we just  make a distinction between the winners ( which continue to exist, grow, split and replicate), and the losers. When such a replicating machinery secures its existence by adapting to environmental feedbacks, we get something upon which we ascribe a special name called ‘life’.

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Asymmetries or things level out ( get simpler or symmetric) over time, like sand castles on a beach.

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Evolution is a scientific model of how things become more asymmetric and

complex; entropy describes how things become symmetric and simpler.

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Evolution is the opposite of entropy.

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Everything ,whether living or nonliving, serves as hardware (host medium) for the survival of some replicator-software. Due to universal Darwinism, only the most efficient transmission media gets to play host.

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Physical existence is a host-medium  spreading pointer states/quantum probabilities/fundamental replicators.

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Where there is life,there are replicators. And vice versa? Beware. Alien replicators imply alien life!

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If our media environments — everything from internet to infotainment  get too autonomous to need biological hosts, a memetic alien life/ AI  might try to get rid of  humanity in line with Darwinian natural selection.

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What is most radical about Dawkins’ theory is that it reduces existence to the level of mere media- as if things exist only to  facilitate the replication and passage of information.

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We needed Darwin to show us that life is the gift of mechanical evolution. We needed  Dawkins to tell us that neither individuals nor species but  replicators serve as the hot iron to bear the blind blows  of  evolutionary hammer.

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In Dawkins’s theory, very little difference exists between humans and machines, animals and ideologies, insects and internet memes— all are just containers of some replicators.

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In Dawkins’s theory, man is just one of many potential host media for transmission and reproduction of “content”.

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Our bodies are containers for genes. Our minds are containers for memes.

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“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.”

-Richard Dawkins

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According to Richard Dawkins’  famous book “The Selfish Gene”(1976), neither species nor individual beings play  central role in evolution. Living things serve as  useful “packages” for genes’ survival in harsh enviromrnt.

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According to Richard Dawkins’  famous book “The Selfish Gene”(1976), life on this planet emerged as the byproduct of multiplying replicators’(DNA molecules) survival  in more and more

precariously effective ways.

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Our entire anthropic environment can be seen as a dynamic host or  transmission media for the survival of replicators (both genes and memes) in general. Our entire planet ,as a survival package to protect  replicators, resembles Gaia(James Lovelock’s Alive Earth).
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Replicators are medium-born. Medium proliferates them. But they will use any medium extending their circulation and reproduction. After finding a better medium  replicators quickly leave the old medium without any gratitude.

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A medium serves as the host for replicators.

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Replicators cannot survive without a host.

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A host/medium/container/transmitter  is quickly chosen by replicators whenever it is available and effective.

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A sort of memetic spell forces us to share posts on social media. This 21st century has already become a  digital meme pool. Internet users(directly or indirectly) serve as mere links in a chain of host media for the passage of memetic information. Too much automation might one day replace our species with artificially intelligent robots. Replication will continue as well, or even better.

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