Re: Polichak on memetics

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Thu 29 May 2003 - 02:29:02 GMT

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    On Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at 09:33 PM, Richard wrote:

    > To
    > say memetics doesn't focus on the actions a person takes to spread
    > information? Where would someone come up with that?

    Good question. I sure wouldn't. In fact, I've been trying to make the actions a person takes even more important than the information itself. Now, where did I come up with that?

    - Wade

    PS- I'm sure I posted it here, but, a while back, Mini-AIR, the email announcement of the Annal of Irreproducible Results, had a survey of the least read specialty journals, and, lo, practically first among them was our own Journal of Memetics.

    So, the list of people who consider memetics useless is, well, rather long. I daresay even those here who defy the founders, or try to actually define the so far undefined and unfound entity itself, do not consider it useless, or they wouldn't be here. Aaron Lynch, in his own way, has already declared the 'meme' useless. Others, despite their well-intentioned popularizing, provide more of a target than a direction.

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