RE: Mini case study of memetic mutation

From: Richard Brodie (
Date: Sat 09 Nov 2002 - 02:38:46 GMT

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    <<Well, I think that it makes sense to say that all units of cultural transmission are memes. What other replicators did you have in mind?>>

    Genes, chain letters, the HIV virus, Klez, the Catholic Church, PADI.

    I'm not religiously opposed to using the word "meme" to mean all non-biological replicators, but there seemed to be some value in following the lead of Dawkins, Dennett, and Plotkin to use it exclusively to mean replicating mental information. Unlike genes, memes live in symbiosis with other types of cultural replicators.

    Richard Brodie

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