Re: Standard definition

From: Jeremy Bradley (
Date: Sat 26 Oct 2002 - 07:06:32 GMT

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    At 01:16 PM 25/10/02 -0700, you wrote:
    >Def Meme = a unit of cultural inheritance
    >Some problems with that definition:
    >1) "Inheritance" is, OC, used metaphorically here. It might be better to
    >speak of transmission, since inheritance suggests vertical transmission,
    >while horizontal transfer is a significant part of memetics. But
    >"transmission" does not suggest evolution. This and that. "Inheritance"
    >is OK, no?

    This is getting really close Bill, but I would suggest something like: "A cultural unit capable of transference". Or just: "A cultural unit".

    >2) "Culture" is not well defined. But it is defined well enough to
    >fuzzily specify the domain of memes. Good enough.


    >3) "Unit" means a single thing. It also suggests indivisibility. To say
    >that a meme is a unit can be faulted on both counts.

    No, a unit can be a complex structure that stands alone, an entity - like a unit trust, or a part within a whole - like a home unit. I like 'unit'.

    Got to go, more later. See ya Jeremy.

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