Distinguishing characteristics

From: Grant Callaghan (grantc4@hotmail.com)
Date: Thu 17 Oct 2002 - 02:31:41 GMT

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    When I look out on the lush lawn of the park I see a number of birds hopping around competing for crumbs of bread, etc. How do I know which ones to call robins, which to call crows, which to call pigeons, etc.? They are all birds, but each type has distinguishing characteristics. Individual birds also have distinguishing characteristics. So how can we distinguish memes from other types of behavior and experience? What are the distinguishing characteristics of a meme? If we can't find any, we can't do much with the concept. If we can't agree on what they are, it will be difficult to define them. So how do we go about deciding what the distinguishing characteristics of a meme are?


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