Dr. Martin Tritonus (formerly Martin Kaplan) is a member of the SCP Foundation. He has been under their employ for five years and acts as their foremost expert in mimetics.
Memetics is a controversial theory of mental content based on an analogy with Darwinian evolution, originating from the popularization of Richard Dawkins’ 1976 book The Selfish Gene. It purports to be an approach to evolutionary models of cultural information transfer.
The meme, analogous to a gene, was conceived as a “unit of culture” (an idea, belief, pattern of behavior, etc.) which is “hosted” in one or more individual minds, and which can reproduce itself, thereby jumping from mind to mind. Thus what would otherwise be regarded as one individual influencing another to adopt a belief is seen—when adopting the intentional stance—as an idea-replicator reproducing itself in a new host. As with genetics, particularly under a Dawkinsian interpretation, a meme’s success may be due to its contribution to the effectiveness of its host. (Wikipedia)
Martin in particular works with mimetic creatures and objects that are sentient, sapient, and often hostile. These attack the consciousness as ideas, influencing thought patterns and behavior. He has made a study of both containing and creating “conceptual creatures.” This requires a thorough knowledge of:
- Ancient languages and cultures
- Certain contemporary philosophies such as postmodernism
He is also a hacker for the Foundation.