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June 20, 2006



Theoretical underpinnings:

This idea reminds me of a concept called recombinant innovation. The canonical example is:

bicycle * kite --> Wright flyer

I like this metaphor since it pulls in an evolutionary, and then ecological view point. A restatement in these terms would be: there is more [bio]diversity at the edges/ovelap of environment types; for example beaches are the edges of the sea and the land.

Of course, innovation and invention is but one example of meme evolution - the transmission mechanism is exclusively through imitation.

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