Re: Rare original memetics document found

Date: Fri 13 Feb 2004 - 07:12:43 GMT

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    In a message dated 2/5/2004 8:46:36 AM Central Standard Time, writes:

    > Besides, the concept of memes is what's
    > important, and surely that's what's important to get adopted, assuming one's
    > in agreement with the concept. Still, if people want to cling on to their
    > claims to fame...
    > Vincent

    Now I agree with a good scientific concept is more important than the particular words coined to express it. But what, to your present thinking specifically (as Vincent Campbell) is "the concept of memes"? Is it simply a concept of ideas being communicable? Or inheritable? Something more? Something different? You should first be clear about which concept you wish to identify by the phrase "the concept of memes" before saying that it's important to get it adopted. That may mean reminding us of something you said before, or bringing it to the attention of those of us who may have missed it. What does "the concept of memes" mean as you use it? How did you acquire that concept? Did earlier instances of that concept in other people play a role (or roles) in causing you to have that concept? If so, can you trace it back in a chain of similar causations? If you did not re-invent the concept, how far back can you trace such a chain of causations as leading to your own instance of "the concept of memes"?

    -- Aaron Lynch

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