Is there a Red Queen of memetics?
For those of you who don't know the analogy of the Red Queen to pathology it is explained superbly beyond this link: http://www.iscid.org/encyclopedia/Red_Queen_Theory
Based on this hypothesis I began to wonder this: If gene is to physical disease is to sex as meme is to irrationality is to something, what is that something which would be the equivalent of sex?
Some of my starting points took the idea out of its frame a bit. For example,
Sex produces new gene carriers. Would this something produce new meme carriers? I'm not 100% certain what criteria constitute a meme carrier but books, the internet, and of course people seem likely candidates. However, information storage isn't necessarily a meme carrier (or rather, I'm including the possibility that it might not be).
Does this something have "gender," and/or is it affected by carrier gender?
With sex there are sexually transmitted diseases. Would this something have an equivalent?
My goal here is to spur some thinking on the matter and maybe come up with a parallel philosophical jolt just as natural selection was to evolution when it was just a hypothesis.