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> Date: Sat, 9 Mar 2002 17:22:36 -0900
> From: "Philip Jonkers" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: Example of an aggresive irrational meme
>>> Also memes have `sex' in your head too. There also memes interact with
>>> to produce new ones. This is what abstract or creative thinking is all
>>> for instance.
>>> There is where the parallel with biology ends of course.
>> I'm still having trouble seeing where the parallel begins ;-)
> Let me put it this way then: in biology gene-hosts copulate to produce new
> and gene-plexes. Analogously, in culture meme-hosts combine to produce
> new memes and meme-plexes.
Still don't think it is much use i'm afraid. If i mix two chemicals
together, they can produce a new chemical. To my mind this is just as
acceptable an analogy in some respects. Although memetics arose from
biological cultural analogy, it can be pushed too far and i think this is
one of them. I could be wrong of course :-)
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