Re: Transmission and Replication

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Mon 03 Mar 2003 - 16:16:50 GMT

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    I think displacing them would require the ideas to be really useful...or we would need to figure out how to make memetics a powerful which case, we would have demonstrated that it was really useful.



    Why do we have to displace them? People in different disciplines use different words to refer to the same phenomena all the time. I don't see any need to have one word that displaces all competitors in all fields. If there is a need, the normal competition between memes will cause it to happen. People will choose the best word for the job they want to do. If they decide later that it wasn't the best word, the next time they'll choose a different one. That's memetic evolution in action. It's also linguistic evolution and cultural evolution.


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