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> Tell me, Ted, where did you get the idea that memes are ideas?
> As opposed,
> say, to patterns of behaviour?
I dare say one needs to preface all correspondence to this list
with one's personal definition of 'meme'.
Mine seems to reside somewhere within the mechanisms that allow
humans the capacity to create- a function of mind connecting
curiosity and observation and memory- but I'm not sure which
came first, memes or culture.
I don't, personally, want to just make them patterns of
behavior, mostly because we can see that in the amoeba. And,
yes, I'm sapiens-centric enough to not want more connection than
required to an amoeba....
Doesn't mean there ain't something amoeba-ish about our
behavior, all too often.
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