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Survival memes are ideas that spread through a culture and enhance the welfare and chances of survival for the participants. They are very important now as the rate of communication and change is accelerating. Hover over a specific meme below and preview its  content. Then, click through and watch the survival meme video there.

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Library of Survival Memes
  • The Stick Figures
  • The Hero's Journey
  • The Power of Collective Consciousness
  • The Axes Shift
  • The 500:1 Disadvantage
  • The Dixie Cups
  • The 10,000 Advantage
  • TUCAS and PIRC
  • Global Identity


    What is a Meme?

    The word meme originated with Richard Dawkins' 1976 book The Selfish Gene. Dawkins cites as inspiration the work of geneticist L. L. Cavalli-Sforza, anthropologist F. T. Cloak [16] and ethologist J. M. Cullen.[17] Dawkins wrote that evolution depended not on the particular chemical basis of genetics, but only on the existence of a self-replicating unit of transmission — in the case of biological evolution, the gene. For Dawkins, the meme exemplified another self-replicating unit with potential significance in explaining human behavior and cultural evolution.

    "Kilroy was here" was a graffito that became popular in the 1940s, and existed under various names in different countries, illustrating how a meme can be modified through replication.[18]

    Dawkins used the term to refer to any cultural entity that an observer might consider a replicator. He hypothesised that one could view many cultural entities as replicators, and pointed to melodies, fashions and learned skills as examples. Memes generally replicate through exposure to humans, who have evolved as efficient copiers of information and behaviour. Because humans do not always copy memes perfectly, and because they may refine, combine or otherwise modify them with other memes to create new memes, they can change over time. Dawkins likened the process by which memes survive and change through the evolution of culture to the natural selection of genes in biological evolution.[6]

    Dawkins defined the meme as a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation and replication, but later definitions would vary. The lack of a consistent, rigorous, and precise understanding of what typically makes up one unit of cultural transmission remains a problem in debates about memetics.[14] In contrast, the concept of genetics gained concrete evidence with the discovery of the biological functions of DNA. Meme transmission requires a physical medium, such as photons, sound waves, touch, taste or smell because memes can be transmitted only through the senses.

    What is a Survival Meme?

    A survival meme is an idea, trend or concept that can be transmitted and replicated, and contributes positively to our understanding of the global predicament facing humans, and to the resolution of this crisis at the fundamental levels of identity, relationship and culture. Survival memes include "All is One", which has been called a blueprint for survival, and that "Relationship is the master organizing principle of the cosmos." Ultimately, the purpose of survival memes is to contribute to the successful emergence of a global community with a culture that works for the benefit of all life.

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