"Ideas, ideas are just as real as the neurons they inhabit. They leap from brain to brain." - Concept from the "What is Meme?" essay by James Gleick &Richard Dawkins
More so than genetics, ideas over the years evolved in nature. The basic concept here is that ideas transcend, generation to generation, which often times results in a more-informed and creative society. As ideas mature, they can even lead to progression. While these ideas might seem ever-lasting, I do believe there are a few threats stopping us from becoming a more productive specie.
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Rapidly maturing websites and social networks have provided us with seemingly endless opportunities to get our ideas across to other brains. Considering the concept of the meme, we're even able to broadcast contrasting ideologies with only a few lines of text and an image.
Also considering the meme, quite a bit of nonsense can come to light. I've heard all too many people complain that such simplistic creative expressions could weaken us to a forgetful, pleasure-ravenous, and unintelligent race. Although these ideas may gain popularity at a much faster rate, their fame only lasts so long. It's really unlikely that many people would even remember the jokes or crude statements in this and similar media.
Ideas that support an answer rather than state the question tend to progress the fastest.
However, they can also be lost in the shuffle.
I've touched on this subject before in a previous entry, but here's what I've come to find:
Check here if you'd like to more entries on the subject of the way we spread our ideas to minds all over the world.
Fear, focus, and the future. C.M. Humphries talks about writing, horror, and whatever.