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I don't want to get too sidetracked, but there are several things here that are interesting from a memetic perspective.
First, one can trace the flow of ideas from book to book. [SS] seems to have been developed independently, but the other three are all connectedó[CG] refers to [MT] a lot, [MT] credits some things to the authors of [WW], and [WW] lists [MT] in its references. I guess there was some cross-pollination before [WW] was finished! And, all three of them mention the original, which I've foolishly never bothered to track down.
Second, although memes in general can be hard to pin down, some cube-related memes are very well defined indeed. A pattern, for example, is just a particular state of the cube, or technically perhaps a set or equivalence class of states. And, as we'll see in the next subessay, a sequence of turns can be written down as a sequence of lettersólike DNA, although that analogy is a dead end as far as I know. Of course there are also plenty of cube-related memes that aren't as sharply defined, like the idea of conjugation that we'll see later on.
Anyway, the point is, cubology ought to be a good domain in which to apply the method of domains that I described in What Would Memetics Look Like?. In fact, that's pretty much what I'll be doing in the rest of the subessays, making a big list of memes!
Third, unlike the lists of memes I made for Oni and Tempest, which in spite of all the sections and subsections and bullet points are still essentially grab bags, the list here has a lot of structure. It's like one of those math or computer science textbooks where the chapters are laid out in a dependency graph, except here the chapters are subessays.
@ November (2012)