As humankind advances into the future, I hold out hope that communication will steadily improve and the need for memetic analysis will consistently decrease. Although a vital device at this stage in history, memetic analysis is pathology. It’s the art of turning one’s attention to a horribly disfigured system and cleaning up the mess.
While the incentive structure of the medical industry favors the discovery of increasingly innovative and technological ways to paper over the symptoms of underlying disease and allow patients to feel okay in the short term while their body continues to break down behind the scenes, the Alternative Health community makes a concerted effort to find the real answers. Without the optimization power of the price system or the piles of cash required to fund expensive laboratory explorations or hospital studies, they turn their hopes toward the realm of personal experimentation and back-and-forth conversation with peers. Tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of individuals communicating with each other in an effort to remedy often life-destroying pathologies; the quick but temperamental forces of the memetic process go into full tilt, and it’s not long until a load of gems wash up onto the shore.
I recently wrote a couple emails to someone which together I believe could function as a general-purpose introduction to the subject of memetic analysis.