Re: memetics-digest V1 #952

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Date: Mon Feb 18 2002 - 00:31:42 GMT

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    On Sunday, February 17, 2002, at 04:47 , Dace wrote:

    > To be memetic,the behavior must be self-motivated, a product of
    > culturally imposed habit

    The behavior-only stance just eliminates (as impossible to determine)
    the 'to be memetic' step.

    Thus, "the meme must be self-motivated, a product of culturally imposed

    However, "culturally-imposed habit" is problematic, as, can habits be
    said to be self-motivated?

    Further, are _any_ habits memes? Or, are all cultural habits memes?
    (Static memes of cultural turpitude, like shaking hands, driving on the
    right, saying 'excuse me' after belching....)

    - Wade

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