From: Othman Mohamed (
Date: Sat 30 Nov 2002 - 21:10:43 GMT

  • Next message: Jon Gilbert: "Re: Laughing"

    Hello all,

    I am new to the meme world and still don't understand a lot about it. I read the Selfish gene book for Dawkins not so long ago and that is where I got the idea. I read couple of books after that about memes and I must admit it seems very appealing and interesting concept to me. As we all know, laughing is only human thing as well as memes (some argue that animals do possess memes, but I haven't bought that totally yet). I am wondering how did we aquire that. Does it have something thing to do with memes or not really? The correlation is there, it is just hard to imagine how it came about. Did it have some survival advantagous to us or not necesserly. On the other hand it is hard to reconcile it with the fact that kids at very young age do laugh which suggest that it could be biological thing rather than memetic thing. Could any of you guys speculate in this or recommend specific readings about it?


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