RE: memetics/memics/mimetics

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Wed 28 Jan 2004 - 15:16:02 GMT

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    At 03:57 PM 27/01/04 -0500, you wrote:
    >Defined that way, I don't think culturgens are the same as memes.
    >The thing that distinguishes memes, as we use the term, is their
    >self-disseminating and self-defending properties. If I understand the
    >snippet of definition below correctly, 'culturgen' does not specifically
    >address these properties.

    "Spread" in the snippet below has the same meaning as dissemination or replication. Replication is "self-replication" since there must be a prior instance. I don't think "self-defending" has ever been central issue with memes.

    They are close enough that the word meme has displaced "culturgen," even for EO Wilson.


    > > > For example, "culturgen" has the exact same meaning as meme.
    > > >
    > > > Lecture 14 Culture and Evolution
    > > > ... Culture consists of bits of information sometimes called culturgens.
    > > > Culturgens can be spread both horizontally and vertically ...
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