I'm trying to figure out whether the manifestation of ideas has been explored before. It's similar to Richard Dawkin's concept of memes, but I'm not quite sure if it is the same.
Suppose an individual has an idea pop into their mind. This can be considered the idea manifesting itself to an individual.
Then the individual writes it down in a book. The idea has manifested itself in the book.
The book convinces hundreds of people of the idea. The idea manifested itself to all of those people.
Suppose that the idea is about how the legal system should be. The idea manifests itself by being instantiated in law and permanently impacting society.
Alternatively, the idea is about going to war with another nation. The idea manifests itself as a war and also manifests itself as a permanent influence on the history of nations.
It seems to me that ideas can perform actions on the world by manifesting themselves. What would this be called? Has it been explored before?