Memetic Soup – The Code

Memetic Soup – The Code

This post would like to be a possible answer, or a sort of explanation, to the small intellectual provocation we put forward in the previous post Memetic Soup – Inquiry on this blog.

The question was:

Where are the memis of the soup? In the taste of the diners, in the recipe itself or rather in the ability of the cook?


Well, this is not a simple matter, but we can try to aswer to it with the help of the book Memetica written by Pascal Jouxtel.

Defining the soup’s code, Pascal identifies 4 types of memis:

1. The first one is represented by the logic memis, which is related to a cause-effect correspondence. In the case of the soup, the cook will make again the soup if he, or his lover or friends who tasted it also like it.

2. The second memis presented is the symbolic one. This type of memis is more emphatic, it refers to the conviviality, and to the emotive part involved in the fact of preparing and eating an hot vegetable soup with familiar people. As a result of this memetic information passed through the soup, we have a community, gathered around the hot plate in order to share emotions and experiences.

3. Consequently  the writer proposes a slightly different memis: the practical one, which is basically identified with the recipe, or better, with the sequence of the preparatory acts involved in the soup making process. But it is not all there, in the practical memis, we can find also the source of the recipe. That’s means that the cook could find it on line or, conversely, he could have inherited it from his grandmother. All the elements will change the taste, the feelings and the emotions related to the plate.

4. The last one is the neuronal memis, connected with the process of selection that happens in both the brain of who prepares the soup and in the one of who will eat it. To make a simple example of this mental device, the neuronal memis plays his role when the cook chooses which type of vegetable to buy, or when he has to cut and peel them; similarly, this type of memis acts when we grasp the spoon, instead of the fork, in order to enjoy the soup.

Here it is: a logical and rational answer to the meaning of a recipe which has been though with love and made for love: a memetic code, indeed.


…Can we actually explain our memetic soup (for 2 people in love) with scientific rules? Shall we believe that logic codes are ever-present in each aspect of our daily life? In every kind of emotion or feeling? 

Let’s think about the feeling we have preparing a ‘love-recipe’, or about the emotion of eating something that it has been cooked with care for us. Where is logic? Where are memis

…To be continued…

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