Re: definition of meme

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Thu 12 Jun 2003 - 18:18:44 GMT

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    On Thursday, June 12, 2003, at 01:33 PM, Ray wrote:

    > Certain cultures
    > encourage and channel creativity and reward members who engage in
    > creative
    > activity while others discourage and punish it.

    That's agreeing with me, wholeheartedly. You are wonderfully describing a quality of a cultural venue.

    > Science is a meme that is
    > about generating and filtering new memes. Democracy exists as process
    > for
    > resolving public policy differences based upon the rule of the
    > majority,
    > but if there were no such large scale differences we wouldn't need it.
    > In the last few centuries ideas and new cultural elements have been
    > introduced at unprecedented levels. I don't that is accounted for by
    > our
    > in our genetic makeup. Instead what we have is the flourishing of
    > memes
    > that encourage and promote the generation of new ideas.

    All the above, is, however, just hand-waving.

    - Wade

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