Re: new memetics piece

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Fri 02 Apr 2004 - 06:25:36 GMT

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    At 11:41 AM 01/04/04 +0100, you wrote:
    >Birth of a Meme: the Origin and Evolution of Collusive
    >Voting Patterns in the Eurovision Song Contest
    >No abstract, as it's just a letter not a full paper.
    "In passing, it ought to be mentioned that Duthie's (2003) reference to the debate between "those who advocate the contagion-like or viral metaphor and those who prefer the gene metaphor" (quoting Aunger 2002), having resulted in "both groups appearing to claim that the other is retarding progress in memetics", is actually not strictly correct."

    That's actually kind of amusing. Virtually all the people I know don't have an objection to using both metaphors, sometimes in the same paragraph. It just depends on what you are trying to illustrate.

    Keith Henson

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